Professional Qualifications: European Patent Attorney Chartered Patent Attorney European Trade Mark Attorney Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
Academic Qualifications: BSc. Physics, University of Bristol
Jim joined Abel + Imray in 1994 and is based in the Bath Office. He also spends a significant amount of time in the Cardiff Office, and has a growing number of clients in the South Wales region. As from April 2018 he is the firm's Senior Partner.
Jim’s patent work covers a variety of mechanical, electrical and communications subject matter. As the Partner responsible for the aerospace work handled by the firm, he has a wide range of experience in handling aeronautics-related subject matter which covers both electrical and mechanical systems. His mechanical workload also includes subject matter in the off-shore construction industry.
His work in the field of telecommunications has included drafting and prosecuting patents relating to bit error correction, GMPLS for legacy optical networks, MPLS control and high-power high-frequency electronics equipment for use in the mobile phone industry. He also works in the area of computer and software-related inventions and has advised on the patentability of internet and telecommunications-based business methods.
Jim also handles work concerning consumer electronics, hi-fi technology and data-centres. Jim is also experienced in trade mark and registered design work and advises on related issues in the UK, Europe and worldwide. He has enjoyed a very high level of success in hearings before the UK IPO and the EPO in both patent and trade mark proceedings.
He also spends some of his time supporting the work of both the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and is an active member of both CIPA’s Press & PR Committee and CITMA’s Working Group for Liaison with the UK IPO. He regularly gives talks on behalf of CIPA and CITMA as part of the UK IPO’s IP Masterclass sessions and he also took part in and spoke at CIPA Congress 2015.