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.
The Unitary Patent will have no effect on existing granted European patents. It is an option only on patents granted after the package enters force.
Before the UPC enters force, infringement proceedings can be brought in the national courts of each validated state. The national courts have jurisdiction only over that validation and acts within the territory. After the UPC enters force, the UPC will automatically assume exclusive jurisdiction except for opted-out classical validations.
Once opted-out classical validations will maintain the status quo where infringement and revocation actions can be brought in the national courts. Since the patent can always be opted back into the UPC jurisdiction, Opting-out existing classical validations on the sunrise register is likely to give the maximum flexibility.
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