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.
Brexit will have an effect on intellectual property (IP) rights. The nature of that effect may not be as dramatic as some have speculated but will be determined by the agreement now being negotiated between the UK Government and the European Union (EU). The situation is different for different IP rights.
Brexit has been delayed until 31 October 2019, subject to further negotiations.
While political uncertainty still clouds the manner and timing of Brexit, the position on IP rights remains as previously advised. The UK Government has issued some guidance on the likely impact on IP rights. Appleyard Lees is monitoring developments closely, but at this stage we do not recommend any immediate action.
European Patents – Not Affected
SPCs – Protection Framework Maintained
European Registered Trade Marks – Protection Continues – UK Rights will be Cloned
European Registered Community Designs – Protection Continues – UK Rights will be Cloned
Pending EU Applications – Backdated Filings Possible for 9 Months
Friday 22 March
Robert Cumming and Cherry Shin discuss the smooth management of your UK trade mark portfolio post-Brexit.Learn more
Thursday 28 February
As the deadline for the UK’s exit from the European Union approaches, the EU’s Community Plants Variety Office (CPVO) has issued a notice on Community Plant Variety Rights (CPVR) and Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR).Learn more
Wednesday 27 February
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