Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney
Graduated from the University of Birmingham with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, specialising in Signal Processing.
Other Languages: Japanese
Stephen joined Gill Jennings and Every in 1992, qualified as both a Chartered and European Patent Attorney in 1995 and became a partner in 1999.
Prior to Gill Jennings & Every, Stephen worked for Pioneer Corporation in Japan as a product design engineer developing optical disc storage systems.
Stephen is a highly experienced UK & European Patent Attorney with a technical background in Electronics, Telecommunications and Software. He has particular experience in assisting companies in managing and prosecution of their international IP portfolios.
Stephen’s areas of specialism are mainly in the mechanical, electrical and software fields. He works closely within the consumer products and telecommunication sectors. Stephen has particular expertise in the following fields:
• Automation Software
• Electronic Consumer Products
• Image processing
• Optical Devices
• Medical Systems
Stephen has further expertise in the following fields:
• Patent filing strategies for start-ups
• Assistance and support to owners of large patent portfolios
• Patent infringement issues
Stephen’s time is divided almost equally between domestic and international clients. The clients range from academic institutions to large multinational corporations. He supports the larger corporations in the cost-effective management and prosecution of large patent portfolios. Smaller clients tend to seek support in developing strategies for protecting their IP in a manner that advances their business objectives and meets their long term ambitions for growth.
Stephen has handled a large number of hearings at the European Patent Office, particularly in relation to software-related inventions in the fields of gaming, avionics, system control and signal processing. He supports a number of corporations in the development of their IP strategies worldwide. He also has a great deal of experience in protecting a wide range of consumer products through the registered designs system in the UK and overseas.
Stephen is always interested in understanding in detail the objectives of any business that he supports so as to provide advice and support that is tailored to the needs of that business.
• Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
• European Patent Institute (EPI)
• Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Electrical Engineers
Stephen has a strong interest in business management systems and theory. He maintains a strong interest in Asian culture and food, traveling there regularly and also tries to find time to study to maintain his Japanese language skills. He is a keen tennis player and skier.