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Graham Spenceley

Partner

Graham Spenceley

Qualifications

Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Design Attorney

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. In the interim, Graham worked in-house as IP Counsel for a global pharmaceutical company for a period of time, before moving back into private practice where he honed his skills at another top-tier IP firm before deciding to return home to Gill Jennings & Every.

Graham Spenceley

Partner

Heading up our Advanced Engineering Group, Graham has the technical expertise and experience to advise clients across a wide spectrum of engineering technologies. With a practice focussed primarily on helping clients to secure appropriate protection for their products and innovations, Graham enjoys the challenge of patent prosecution. He also has extensive knowledge of freedom-to-operate (FTO) matters.

Main specialisms
Graham regularly applies his mechanical engineering background in the fields of Automotive, Aeronautical, Construction, Electro-Mechanical, and Oil and Gas engineering. With a growing interest in Electric Vehicles (EV) and Agri-Tech, Graham also has extensive experience working on medical device technology, in addition to MEMS devices and printing technologies.

The following are examples of some of the technologies Graham handles regularly:

• Oilfield services and equipment
• Wind turbine technology
• Pumping and filtration technologies
• Printing technology
• MEMS and devices
• Engine systems / powertrains
• Medical devices (particularly injection devices and inhalation devices)
• Unmannned vehicles / drones
• Kitchen appliances
• Blow moulding technology.

Further specialisms
In addition, Graham performs speciallist work in the following areas:

• Registration of designs
• Freedom-to-operate
• Infringement/Validity opinions
• Invention harvesting
• Trade Secrets
• Start-ups.

Clients
Graham works with a diverse range of clients including multinational corporations, SMEs and start-ups, both based in the UK and further afield. Notable clients include a leading provider of sustainable energy solutions worldwide in the field of wind turbines, a global provider of oilfield services and equipment, a provider of seismic services that help oil companies to find oil and gas reserves offshore worldwide, a leading digital consumer goods company, a well-known multinational power management company, and a leading UK design and engineering consultancy.

Noted for:
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 most appropriate strategic IP advice at all times.

Memberships
• Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
• European Patent Institute (EPI)
• Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Interests
Having fairly recently become a father, now with two young boys, Graham generally finds the concept of “spare time” a distant memory. However, he does still enjoy travelling, exploring new places and eating at good restaurants when circumstances permit. Graham used to race go-karts, but nowadays prefers the slightly more leisurely pursuits of golf and cycling, doing his best to go skiing during the winter season.