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Michael Vallance

Senior Associate

Michael Vallance | Trainee Patent Attorney

Qualifications

Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney

Michael graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class Master’s degree in physics.

He also holds the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, from Queen Mary, University of London.

Career History

Michael joined Gill Jennings & Every in 2012. He qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2017.

Michael Vallance

Senior Associate

Michael assists clients at all stages along the journey from capturing new ideas through to the enforcement of any resulting IP rights. In so doing, Michael has helped businesses protect their IP and harness it to maximise their return on R&D. This includes having enabled clients to eliminate copyists, preserve market share, extract valuable licence fees, secure tax breaks and receive investment.

Main specialisms
Michael regularly works across a range of different technology areas. These include:

• Cryogenic refrigerators
• Oil & gas reservoir surveying
• Medical devices (including medical imaging)
• Microscopy
• Printers
• Software
• Telecommunications
• Spectrometers
• Fibre optics
• Clothing and household accessories.

Further specialisms
Michael regularly works with clients to build an IP portfolio which they can then enforce against copyists in the market, and later assisting with this enforcement. He has particular experience in:

• Filing registered designs
• Freedom-to-operate opinions
• Invalidity proceedings (e.g. oppositions and third party observations)
• Infringement opinions
• Enforcement of patents and registered designs
• Portfolio management and assignments

Clients
Working extensively with outside counsel, major corporates, SMEs, start-ups and universities, Michael is familiar with helping clients across a spectrum of different experience levels. Accordingly, he strives to provide a level of service that is consistent with the needs and expectations of each client.

Although Michael’s clients are predominantly UK-based, he also works directly for corporates in Japan, China and US. Notable clients include a multinational consumer goods corporation, global oil and gas corporation, world-leader in telecommunications, fashion retailer responsible for many well-known high street brands, and FTSE-250 manufacturer of scientific equipment.

Noted for:
Michael helps clients navigate the IP rights held by third parties so that they can better understand their own freedom to operate. The opinions Michael has provided has helped to inform commercial decisions, keep companies out of court and secure distribution agreements previously in jeopardy.

Part of preserving a client’s freedom to operate can involve going on the offensive to oppose or otherwise challenge the IP rights held by others. Michael has cross-jurisdictional experience of directing such oppositions (including in China and Japan) and representing clients in hearings at the European Patent Office through to the Board of Appeal.

Memberships
• Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
• European Patent Institute (EPI)

Interests
Having studied abroad for a year at University of California Los Angeles, Michael considers himself part Angeleno and enjoys regular trips back to the West Coast with friends and family.