Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney, Design Attorney
Ritchie is a UK and European Patent Attorney with over nine years’ legal experience in the IP profession and over three years’ technical experience as a mechanical engineer in the automotive sector. Ritchie has a special interest in innovations in transport, especially micromobility.
Ritchie is experienced in drafting patent applications for prosecuting worldwide, and advises clients ranging from individuals, to SMEs and multinational corporations. Ritchie has particular experience in prosecuting patent applications in Europe, in addition to the UK, and frequently liaises with attorneys in most of the major jurisdictions, including the US, Japan and China. Ritchie’s practice includes advising on third-party patent rights for validity, infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions, as well as preparing and filing oppositions and third-party observations at the EPO. His experience spans a variety of mechanical and electromechanical fields including aerospace and automotive engineering, manufacturing, consumer products, industrial machinery and devices, energy harvesting applications, tooling, bathroom appliances and electronic devices (such as display apparatuses, printers, cameras and domestic goods). Ritchie is also capable of advising on design protection matters including the registration of design rights in the UK.
Before starting his career in IP, Ritchie gained technical industry experience as an engine development engineer for a multinational diesel engine manufacturer and then as a calibration engineer for a renowned automotive consultancy.
Ritchie graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, Ritchie holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, where his research was published in several journals and he was awarded prizes for his academic achievement.