Natalie Falls

Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney
Leeds, EIP Europe LLP

Natalie is a UK and European Patent Attorney who deals with patents in the physics and computing sector.

Since joining EIP, Natalie has continued to work on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, in areas such as software, computer systems and architecture, data management and security, and electronics. Her work has become increasingly focused on software-related patent applications and she enjoys the challenge of drafting such applications to be suitable for worldwide prosecution, particularly in light of the important differences between European and US prosecution practice.

As part of her work at EIP, Natalie has been involved in overseeing patent portfolios for her clients in a range of jurisdictions. She liaises directly with clients to gain insight into the commercial drivers behind their patenting activities, which enables her to make informed decisions on the management of their patent portfolios.

Natalie has a degree in Physics from the University of Birmingham, and a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Bournemouth.

Experience

  • Prosecuting European patent applications relating to payment and transaction processing technologies
  • Patents relating to query optimisation and execution in database management systems

Recent work

  • Drafted a US patent application relating to running virtual machines that received a notice of allowance as the first substantive office action
  • Drafted an application relating to video software suitable for both US and European jurisdictions, receiving a positive search opinion from the European Patent Office after filing

Specialities

  • Computer systems and architecture
  • Software
  • Physics

Education and qualifications

  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney 2018
  • European Patent Attorney 2017

  • January 2015 — July 2015
    Certificate in Intellectual Property, University of Bournemouth
  • 2010 — 2013
    BSc Physics, University of Birmingham

Career history

  • 2018 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • August 2017 — December 2017
    European Patent Attorney, Hepworth Browne
  • 2016 — 2017
    Associate and European Patent Attorney, Withers & Rogers LLP
  • 2013 — 2016
    Trainee Patent Attorney, Withers & Rogers LLP