Highly recommended for software start-ups.
This free Intellectual Property event offers insight into patent tactics and existing IP types, including patent filing strategies, infringement and freedom to operate.
The main seminar is led by leading IP film Mathys & Squire, followed by 1-to-1 clinics and advisories, rounding off with beer and pizzas by Google.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with IP attorneys and bring your work to the next level.
Mathys & Squire LLP
European Patent Attorney
Mathys & Squire LLP
European & UK Patent Attorney (and Partner)
Since joining Mathys & Squire in 2015, Michael has been involved in patent prosecution in the UK, Europe, the US and other overseas territories for international companies as well as university clients.
Michael has previously worked in industry in the intellectual property (IP) function of a research and development department within a British multinational telecommunications company providing global IP support. Michael was involved in identifying, documenting and understanding the commercial value of inventions from a wide range of technologies, such as fixed and cellular telecommunications, ultrasonic sensors and financial payment methodologies.
Michael obtained his first degree and Doctoral degree from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Michael’s doctoral research was concerned with the automated microfluidic preparation and subsequent use of imaging agents for use in the medical imaging technique, positron emission tomography (PET). Michael was awarded the Young Researcher Prize in 2012, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, for his research.
During his studies, Michael won a summer studentship to perform collaborative research with the School of Natural Sciences and the Department of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, again in Newcastle, into adapting the surfaces of medical implants and analysing the adapted surfaces using atomic force microscopy (AFM).
Michael holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Brunel University London.
Memberships & Organisations
Student Member of the the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
Member of the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Michael has recently been assisting in the prosecution the patent portfolio of a large multinational telecommunications company in Europe, the US, Japan, China and Korea, in respect of a broad range of telecommunications technologies. Michael has also been involved with patent prosecution in the field of robotic control systems, printing technologies and fraud detection systems.
James has significant experience with patent matters (including drafting, filing, prosecution, oppositions, appeals, portfolio management and due diligence) in the physical sciences, working with entrepreneurs, startups, spinouts and SMEs, alongside large corporations, research institutions and universities.
James specialises in patent work in the physics, electronics, engineering and materials science sectors. He has drafted, filed and prosecuted a diverse range of patent applications, in the UK, Europe and internationally, including an appreciable number relating to computer software and communications technology. Comfortable handling subject-matter across a wide range of technology areas within the physical sciences, James has particular experience in the fields of optics, imaging techniques and image processing, optical modulation techniques, electronics and telecommunications, medical devices, electromechanical devices, power engineering, solid state physics, semiconductor devices, electronic substrates and joining techniques, surface treatment techniques, ceramics, composite materials and nanomaterials, computer software and data processing algorithms. James is also experienced in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO), having handled, for example, a number of opposition and appeal cases for a major corporation in the aerospace field, relating to composite manufacturing and assembly techniques, and avionics systems for air traffic awareness, navigation and routing.
James obtained an MA honours degree in natural sciences (physics and materials science) and a PhD in materials science, both from the University of Cambridge. His research work focused on the high temperature deformation of materials, especially oxide ceramics, and contributed to the development of materials for aerospace components and electronic substrates. He entered the patent profession in 2000, and qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2005 and a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2006. James also holds a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the University of London.
Memberships & Organisations
James is a member of the European Patent Institute (EPI) and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA). He has given lectures on intellectual property at the University of Cambridge, seminars on European patent law and practice at the Japan Patent Attorneys Association in Tokyo and Osaka, and a presentation on EPO examination policy at the Korean Intellectual Property Office. He has spoken at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva on the subject of European patent and registered design protection for graphical user interfaces.
Director of Operations
Colin Tan is the Director of Operations for the first international TusPark (TUS) fully-owned by TusPark Holdings, China’s largest tech ecosystem with over 300 bases in every major city in China. He advises and supports TUS’s partners in the UK to help businesses, university spin-outs, and governments to expand and grow in the Chinese market. TUS is affiliated with Tsinghua University, China’s top university for technology and science, and was created to help develop the country’s “Silicon Valley” area in Beijing, Zhongguancun, which TUS also represents for the UK.
Colin set up and works with Barclays to run TusPark Newcastle Eagle Labs, the UK's largest China-UK tech incubator network that bridges both countries, connecting UK companies directly to the TUS global network which also includes countries in South East Asia, such as Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. He is particularly interested in the fields of the Internet-of-Things, CleanTech, and the Life Sciences.
Colin is an early-stage investor and entrepreneur. He founded Rentlord, a disruptive online property management platform for ordinary landlords and tenants to rent directly with one another (Seedcamp, 500 Startups, TechCrunch Disrupt). He was entrepreneur-in-residence of and helped create Dotforge Impact, the first accelerator in the North of England funded by the Cabinet Office to help tech entrepreneurs create social impact businesses. Colin is a very active mentor and community builder for the UK tech ecosystem. He created and ran the first UK-China accelerator, FORGE, and regularly shares his insights.
Colin was formerly a Cambridge Commonwealth scholar in critical theory and philosophy. Originally from Singapore, he is also a published poet and active in the literary scene early in his career. He remains passionate about social causes, especially education, and had worked in the non-profit sector at the United Nations in Geneva.