Ritchie is a UK and European Patent Attorney in our Engineering and Physics team and has been with Appleyard Lees since 2011. Although primarily based in our Halifax office, Ritchie regularly sits in our Manchester and Leeds offices in order to serve clients across the North of England.
Having worked in industry for a number of years, Ritchie has developed broad technical experience in the electronics and general engineering field. Whilst with Cummins, Ritchie worked on turbocharger and intercooler technology for heavy duty diesel engines and built on this knowledge by developing on-board diagnostics techniques with MAHLE Powertrain for high performance road cars.
Day-to-day, Ritchie specialises in patent drafting and prosecution work in the electronics and engineering field but also enjoys the challenges of advising on design right matters. Ritchie works with his colleagues to support a wide range of domestic and overseas clients, including global corporations and SMEs operating in and around the Yorkshire area. This includes attending oral proceedings held at the European Patent Office in Munich and The Hague to help further the client’s commercial interests.
Before entering the patent profession, Ritchie worked with Jaguar Land Rover and Shell to investigate the combustion of biofuels during his PhD. The research was published in several scientific journals and was subsequently awarded the Austin Rover Prize by the University of Birmingham. This experience builds on Ritchie’s knowledge of general engineering gained as part of his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath. Ritchie is therefore well placed to understand the technical and commercial challenges facing the global energy industry.