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Graham Spenceley

Senior Associate

Graham Spenceley


Chartered UK Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Registered European Design Attorney
UK Trade Mark Attorney (Part-Qualified)

Graham graduated from Loughborough University with a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to obtain his MSc in Management of Intellectual Property from Queen Mary, University of London.

Career History

Graham re-joined Gill Jennings & Every in 2018, having originally trained at the firm between 2006 and 2011. Shortly after qualifying as a Patent Attorney, Graham left Gill Jennings & Every to cross-train as a Trade Mark Attorney at another IP firm before taking an in-house role as IP Counsel at a multinational pharmaceutical company. From there he moved back into private practice, honing his skills at another top-tier IP firm for a number of years before deciding to return home to Gill Jennings & Every.

Graham Spenceley

Senior Associate

Graham has technical expertise and experience across a wide spectrum of engineering technologies. He has a particular interest in medical device technology but is comfortable handling subject matter in many other areas of technology, including the fields of automotive, aeronautical, mechanical, oil and gas, electro-mechanical, and manufacturing engineering. Graham also has a lot of experience in handling computer-related inventions.

In addition to managing large IP portfolios, both for domestic and international companies, Graham often spends time advising and working with smaller companies, including start-ups and SMEs, helping them to develop and implement IP strategies that meet their commercial and strategic goals.

Having performed various IP roles in a variety of different organisations, Graham has extensive experience in all aspects of IP life-cycle management, in particular the creation of patent rights through patent drafting and prosecution of applications at IP offices worldwide, the defence and enforcement of those patent rights, due diligence (including for acquisition), product clearance (FTO) and product launch strategies.

Always approachable, Graham has a knack of being able to break down complex IP issues into manageable bite-size chunks for his clients to understand and digest. Graham believes that regular meetings and contact are important for understanding a client’s business and being able to provide the appropriate strategic IP advice at all times.

Graham leads GJE’s Advanced Engineering team, which keeps up-to-date with trends in the aerospace & defence, automotive, clean tech, marine, oil & gas, and space tech industries. Graham regularly publishes articles on the latest IP developments in these industries, and attends and speaks at related conferences.

In his spare time, Graham enjoys travelling and exploring new places. He used to race go-karts, but now prefers the slightly more leisurely pursuits of golf and cycling at the weekend. He does still get his adrenaline kicks from skiing during the winter season, however.