Professional Qualifications: European Patent Attorney UK Patent Attorney
Academic Qualifications: M.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath
Emily Dodgson is a chartered UK and European patent attorney and a partner at Abel + Imray. She is a trusted advisor to established SME’s, ambitious tech start-ups and large multinationals, helping them to protect their ideas and bring their innovative products to market by drafting and prosecuting patent applications, advising on patent strategy, defending and asserting granted patents and advising on freedom-to-operate (infringement) risks. Emily entered the patent profession in 2011, qualified in 2015 and became a partner in 2021.
Emily has a technical background in mechanical engineering, with a MEng and PhD from the University of Bath in that subject. Prior to entering the patent profession, she worked as an engineer for a respected engineering consultancy. Her patent work is focused on the protection of engineering inventions across a wide range of technical fields including aerospace, medical devices, oil & gas, consumer electronics and defence. She always enjoys seeing an elegant engineering solution to a difficult technical problem. Particular areas of recent interest are additive manufacturing (both design for AM and AM technology) and green energy. In the last few years, Emily has been responsible for drafting and successfully bringing to grant a worldwide patent portfolio for a green energy company, providing advice direct to the CEO to assist the company in developing a robust portfolio in a cost-effective manner that will support the business' objectives now and in the future.
As well as being experienced in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications worldwide (particularly in the UK and Europe), Emily regularly represents clients before the Opposition Division and Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office. She is also an examiner for the Opposition exam paper of the European Qualifying Examination (sat by aspiring European patent attorneys). Emily has helped clients to use their patent rights to limit their competitors' activities, and to defend themselves against competitors patent rights, without the need to go to court. She is experienced with opinion proceedings at the UK Intellectual Property Office.
Alongside her patent work, Emily handles registered design work in the UK, the European Union and overseas, including via the Hague system.