Partner - London Office
Nick joined the firm in 1999 was made a partner in 2005.
Nick primarily handles patent applications relating to electronics, electrical devices and computer implemented inventions. He has particular expertise drafting and prosecuting applications relating to sensing and control devices, semiconductor technology and power amplifiers. He has an in-depth knowledge of the patentability and enforcement issues surrounding digital media and telecommunication technologies, software and business method inventions. Nick routinely advises clients on patent searching and due diligence matters, as well as infringement and validity issues posed by third party patents.
Nick is a fluent Japanese speaker and before joining the firm spent a year in the Nagasaki prefecture of Japan. On returning to London, he continued his language education and has twice participated in the finals of the Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese. In the office, he acts as client liaison with the firm’s Japanese clients, and gives lectures on Japanese Patent Law at Queen Mary University. He has also lectured and written a number of related publications on the patentability of software and business methods in the UK and Europe.
Nick enjoys music by Bob Dylan, and books by John Irving and Haruki Murakami.
- Fellow, Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
- Professional representative before the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM)
- MSci, Physics, Imperial College, 1998
- Chartered Patent Attorney, 2003
- European Patent Attorney, 2003
- Japanese Proficiency Exam (JLPT): Level 1 (Highest Level), 2004
- "State of the art still uncertain after UK LG-Sony settlement". Newlegal Review, 2011, (31 August)
- "Software patents: the state of the union". Intellectual Property Magazine, 2010, (August), pp61-63
- US Supreme Court confirms patentability of business methods". Newlegal Review, 2010, (5th August)
- "European Patent Applications". J@pan-Inc. 2008, vol 75, Jan/Feb
- "Software Patents: Another fine mess...". Society for Computers & Law. 2007, April/May, 18(1), pp34-36
- "Down to Business". Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice. 2007, vol 2(7), p445-451