Ian graduated from University of Cardiff with a first class (Hons.) Master’s Degree in Chemistry, and subsequently completed a PhD in organic chemistry from the same institute.
Ian also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from University of Manchester.
Ian joined GJE in 2016 from another leading IP firm.
Prior to joining the patent profession, Ian worked at the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (ICES), Singapore, where he led a range of projects relating to natural product synthesis and drug discovery.
Staying true to his roots as a research chemist, Ian specialises in the pharmaceutical and industrial chemistry sectors. His work now often extends beyond the field of chemistry and into related sectors, like biotechnology and medical devices.
Working with a wide range of clients, Ian guides start-ups through the fundamentals of IP, helping them understand how IP can support their business. He assists spin-outs and SMEs to establish and develop their IP portfolios, and has helped multinational corporations by delivering clear and actionable recommendations on their IP. Ian’s commercial advice is supported by a wealth of experience in patent drafting and prosecution in the UK, Europe, the US and east Asia.
Ian’s goal is to provide strategic and practical guidance on how to protect and leverage your innovation in line with your business plan. Mapping products and services to your existing IP portfolio, he can identify gaps or redundant IP rights allowing the development of a more practical, relevant and cost-effective IP strategy.
Having worked in research, Ian understands the challenges faced during the innovation process and enjoys discussing the intricacies of an invention. That said, he is equally at home delivering guidance to corporations on global IP strategy.
Outside the office, Ian is an avid DIY’er. He boasts a healthy collection of power tools, and has the scars to prove it.