Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Heather graduated from Cambridge University with a Masters Degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Materials Science and Metallurgy.
Heather joined Gill Jennings & Every in 2002. She qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2006 and as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2007. She became a partner in 2018.
Formerly Heather Lane
Heather’s areas of specialism are mainly in the mechanical and electrical fields, including technologies such as document handling machines, anti-counterfeiting devices, holograms, spectrometers, scientific apparatus, environmental monitoring, gas sensing and semiconductor devices and their fabrication. Heather’s technical background also encompasses materials science, fracture and fatigue of metals and other materials, welding and other joining technologies, and corrosion, all of which have a particular relevance to the Oil & Gas sector. During her degree, Heather worked with companies in the aerospace and car industries, carrying out research into impact dynamics and the behaviour of materials in impact scenarios. She works with a diverse range of clients including large multinational companies as well as private inventors.
She has experience in all aspects of patent practice and in meeting the different aims and requirements of each individual client. She is well versed in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications around the world and is experienced in EPO opposition proceedings, including frequently representing her clients at EPO hearings, and advising on matters of infringement both in the UK and abroad. Heather also deals with applications for registered designs in the UK, European Union and further afield, covering all types of products from toys to land surveying equipment.
Heather enjoys gaining a deep understanding of her clients’ technology and the industry in which they operate, in order to add real value to her advice.
In her spare time, Heather loves exploring new countries and is returning to the London office in October 2017 after spending 12 months working remotely for GJE while travelling round the world as part of the Remote Year program.
Heather has been recognised as a ‘rising star’ in Managing Intellectual Property’s 2017 IP STARS.