Ean is a Partner in our Electronics & Software team, based in our Manchester office. He has a particular interest in telecoms, having spent the first few years in the profession working in-house for Nokia. He regularly handles subject matter ranging from RADAR systems, signal processing and digital systems to pipe couplings, medical devices and production equipment.
Ean jointly heads our Education sector team and works for a range of clients, including Universities (in the UK and abroad), global corporations and SMEs, operating in and around the Manchester area. He particularly enjoys working with up and coming companies, including spin-outs, helping them to identify and protect their intellectual property. He has experience of hearings before the UK and European Patent Office and frequently advises clients on contentious issues where their rights may be infringed or where they are accused of infringing the rights of others.
Before entering the patent profession, Ean spent several years working as a design engineer for Marconi and Motorola. This real-life commercial experience was invaluable and gives Ean an insight into some of the challenges faced by clients.
Ean was also mentioned in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars guide in 2017 and described as a “problem solver” by a client.
Aside from our core areas of expertise, we are able to offer various support services which supplement or expand on these core areas. To offer this support, we can call upon the services of any our highly skilled experts, whether they are patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys, solicitors or paralegals.
We can assemble the appropriate team of experts to handle various issues which are encountered by our clients and we are always happy to assist in whatever way we can.
There are times when our work in patents, trade marks, designs or copyright draws on the expertise of our legal team to help secure the best outcome for our clients, for example when a dispute appears likely, or a settlement or IP agreement has to be negotiated and drafted.
When a dispute cannot be avoided our legal team has the experience to conduct proceedings before the relevant body – which could be an English or foreign court, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) or the European Patent Office (EPO).
Our legal team is active in IP transactions, legal opinions, and the development of IP strategies for our clients.
The resources of our legal team are also available to boost the internal legal operations of our larger clients.
We are able to manage renewals of all your patent, trade mark and design rights during the application and grant phases, across all countries. Our dedicated team of highly trained and qualified renewals specialists will work with you to ensure that you are always aware of upcoming costs and deadlines and ensure that your instructions are complied with in a timely and cost-effective manner.
We are able to manage individual recordals or bulk programmes in all countries in the event of a transfer or assignment of rights. This may arise due to the sale of individual rights or as the result of sale, acquisition or merger of a relevant business.
We have many attorneys with in-house experience, who have first-hand knowledge of the unique challenges presented by this role. This knowledge has been shared throughout our network and so we can advise you on many of the issues faced by in-house teams, including the usual professional practice areas, as well as invention harvesting,departmental budget issues and records management.
We can provide locum attorneys or paralegals to cover maternity, sickness or recruitment shortages or to provide technical expertise in a particular area.
We regularly provide training to our clients, universities and professional and business organisations, such as the Institute of Directors. If you are in need of general IP awareness training or a more focused session on a specific topic, please let us know. Many of our internal training sessions can be made available to clients via video conference.
We can provide remote access to your files via our dedicated file management and docketing system, enabling you to review the status of your portfolio, monitor costs and run customised reports. Please let us know if this service is of interest to you.
Our highly dedicated and experienced team of attorneys combine a broad range of legal and technical expertise with real-world commercial insight.
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