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Patent star 2021


United Kingdom (England)

Practice areas:

Patent office proceedings
Patent prosecution
Patent strategy & counseling

Industry sectors:

ICT & software

John has extensive experience working within the tech sector, with one of the largest IT and telecommunications opposition practices in Europe. He has successfully led some of the most high profile cases in this field before the EPO’s Boards of Appeal and Opposition Divisions. He routinely obtains valuable patents for a variety of software and IT businesses, and in recent times has been brought in by clients working on AI related technologies to build defensible patent portfolios in Europe. His other main area of expertise is in the healthcare sector, particularly involving drug delivery systems, device fabrication and diagnostic devices. In these fields, John advises a range of companies, from start-ups to multinationals, on more general IP issues, including infringement and enforcement of patents and design rights, and licensing issues.

Prosecution of patent applications in Europe that read onto established industry standards requires particular experience. John’s experience with LTE, 3G, Digital Video Broadcast (DVB), and DDR (SDRAM), as well as numerous others, highlights his outstanding ability to draft, prosecute and defend patents in Europe.

John is an Engineering graduate of Oxford University and a council member of the UK Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). He also sits on the Programme Committee of the AIPPI providing input on IT-related patent topics. Prior to joining Carpmaels & Ransford, he worked for a leading technology product development consultancy in Cambridge.


Industry sectors:
Aerospace & defence
Financial services
ICT & software
Medical devices
Optics & photonics


Last updated: 19th February 2019