European Patent Attorney
Chartered Patent Attorney
BSc. Engineering with German, University of Bath
David joined Abel + Imray in 2021 and is based in our London office. Through his 30 years in the IP industry, David has handled large numbers of high quality new patent and design applications, together with accompanying international filing and prosecution across a wide range of technologies in the Engineering and ICT space. He is also particularly experienced in analysing third party patent and design risk together with other aspects of technology IP, and providing practical freedom to operate advice always based on a full understanding of the specific business strategy and competitive context. He has significant experience of international patent litigation.
David is commercially focussed and has advised on many IP-related agreements during his 20 years as senior patent counsel with two multi-national companies. He enjoys assisting with negotiations for example in relation to: R&D, collaboration and supply contracts; licensing; and confidentiality & secrecy agreements. He also has considerable experience advising on M&A IP due diligence, and the transfer of IP rights.
He has vast experience of active patent and design portfolio management, always working with key stakeholders to achieve the necessary deep understanding of business priorities, product strategies and future technology drivers. David also enjoys helping to articulate the business value of your IP, for example in supporting product strategy, through potential licensing and by leveraging to support freedom to operate.
Prior to training as a patent attorney David was a Patent Examiner at the UK Patent Office, and before that held a commission as a British Army Officer.