Professional Qualifications: European Patent Attorney Chartered Patent Attorney
As a Chartered and European Patent Attorney and European Patent Litigator, Jim is able to represent clients in matters before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC).
Academic Qualifications: B.Sc. Chemistry, University of York Ph.D. Chemistry, University of York
Jim joined Abel + Imray in 1997 and is based in the Bath Office. Jim’s Ph.D. was sponsored by ICI and was based on the synthesis and characterisation of novel fluorine-containing engineering thermoplastics (PEEK and PES).
Before joining Abel + Imray he spent 21 months as Research Assistant at the University of Durham, preparing novel polyether electrolyte materials for Li-ion batteries, and 3 years as Senior Research Chemist in industry working in the areas of natural polymers, polymer synthesis including solution, emulsion and suspension polymerisation of acrylate and methacrylate polymers, and a range of industrial applications of water-soluble polymers including paper making, construction, oilfield, water treatment, detergents and cosmetics. Jim is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Jim is involved in patent work mainly in the chemical field, with special expertise in polymer technology, inks, petrochemicals, catalysis, lubricants, polyolefins, polyolefin films, reactor technologies (especially fluid bed reactors and loop reactors), zeolites and supported organometallic catalysts. He has a long-standing interest in battery technology. He is very experienced in patent prosecution work in the European Patent Office, as well as in the UK and overseas. Jim additionally has a significant case load of opposition and appeal work at the European Patent Office, including high value cases with related national litigation, and leads Abel + Imray’s opposition group.
Jim’s clients include a number of multinational companies based in the US, as well as UK universities. He regularly travels to the US to visit clients and give presentations on European and UK IP law.