Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Design Attorney
Bath, EIP Europe LLP
With more than 15 years’ experience in private practice, Rick has drafted patent applications in a broad range of mechanical and electromechanical fields including aerospace engineering, handheld electronic devices, personal care products, packaging and dispensers, printing, electromagnetic energy harvesters, cash handling machines, surgical tables, portable hotels, and bathroom appliances. He also has a great deal of experience of prosecuting patent applications in all of these areas and others, including automotive engineering, railway infrastructure, medical devices, snack food manufacture, catalytic converters, semiconductor devices, mobile telecommunications, and magnetic storage devices.
Rick has significant experience in managing prosecution of multi-jurisdictional patent portfolios, with particular expertise in coordinating prosecution of patent families in Europe, North and South America, Russia, and Asia.
Rick has also been seconded over a period of three years to the in-house patents department of one of EIP’s clients, which has given him the opportunity to experience first-hand the management of an IP portfolio and risks posed by third party rights.
Rick’s work in the area of registered designs has included the preparation, filing and prosecution of Registered Community Design (RCD) applications for various mechanical devices as well as for less conventional subject matter, such as digital user interfaces, logos and arrangements of the interiors of rooms. Rick is responsible for Chapter 3: “Making a Registered Community Design Application” of the Community Designs Handbook, which is published by Sweet & Maxwell. The Handbook takes a ‘how to’ approach, guiding the reader through the various stages of registering an RCD, and is a valuable reference for IP attorneys.