Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Michael graduated from Cambridge University in 1995 with a first class Honours Degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Materials Science and Physics. He then stayed on at Cambridge and obtained a Ph.D. for his work in the design and thermodynamic modelling of novel ultra-high strength steel alloys.
Michael joined Gill Jennings & Every in 1998 and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2005 and a European Patent Attorney in 2002. He joined the partnership in 2007.
Michael is a European patent attorney and has a rapidly expanding IT, software and engineering practice. His main areas of technical expertise include cryogenics, plasma processing, MRI and NMR, computer software, telecommunications, semiconductor devices, remote sensing, analysis instrumentation, process control, document security and processing, metallurgy and materials science.
He advises many UK-based clients, including SMEs and multinationals on each of the many aspects of patents and designs relevant to their commercial objectives. He also advises many overseas clients, including some of the world’s largest companies, in relation to the protection of inventions throughout Europe and the UK.
Michael is a highly experienced practitioner in all aspects of patent and design law, from the day-to-day matters such as patent drafting and prosecution of patent/design applications internationally; through to the more strategic matters such as advising upon practical IP strategies to support desired commercial outcomes. He also provides due diligence assessments relating to new commercial projects or perceived threats, together with specific infringement and validity advice. He has been involved in UK and overseas patent litigation and also represents clients regularly at hearings before the European Patent Office.
As one of the firm’s European Design Attorneys, Michael also performs specialist work in relation to designs (registered and unregistered). In addition to design filing work he advises a number of clients regularly on freedom-to-operate and infringement issues associated with registered designs.