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 GJE in 1998. He qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2005 and a European Patent Attorney in 2002. He joined the GJE partnership in 2007.
Michael is a member of GJE’s Managing Committee. He has a keen interest in business and the use of technology to enhance the client experience and business efficiency. Michael also leads the firm’s IT & Engineering patent practice group in which his technical focus is on physics, telecommunications and computer technology.
Michael is a European and UK patent attorney within an extensive IT, telecommunications, physics and engineering practice. His main areas of technical expertise include:
• scientific instrumentation
• computer software
• semiconductor devices
• remote sensing
• MRI and NMR
• document security and processing
• metallurgy and materials science.
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; to 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. Michael has been involved in UK and overseas patent litigation and also represents clients regularly at hearings before the European Patent Office.
Michael also performs specialist work in relation to designs (registered and unregistered), including:
•design filing work
•design invalidity matters.
Michael advises some of the world’s largest multinational companies, including household names in the fields of telecommunications, software and document processing. Working for corporate clients allows Michael to build internal processes at GJE to provide the highest standards in process quality and efficiency. He is well known for personally leading the customer service provided by the corporate teams he oversees.
Aside from corporate work he particularly enjoys the face-to-face and long term relationships that arise from working closely with UK businesses, large and small. Michael relishes advising UK clients on tactical approaches to gain the best and most cost-effective outcomes in numerous IP related commercial issues.
In the last 20 years, Michael has built an international reputation for his work in relation to the use of computer systems for providing IP services such as docketing and e-billing. His combined experiences as an IP practitioner and as a leader of an IP business drive his passion for the use of technology to deliver an improved client experience.
He received a lifetime achievement award in 2019 from one of the world’s leading IP software providers in recognition of his contribution to this field.
• Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
• European Patent Institute (EPI)
• International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
In his spare time, Mike enjoys running and cycling in the countryside near his home, visiting the East Anglian coast and hanging out with his young family.