Haseltine Lake Kempner prides itself on its specialists. We have formed a new Materials Science team, bringing together attorneys from across the firm, all of whom have a wealth of knowledge and experience in materials science – many having doctorates and/or years of professional experience in the area. With the discipline being of increasing importance to many of our clients, we wanted to introduce you to the team, which is led by partner Alex Rogers and senior associate Michael Ford.
First, a brief explanation of why we have formed this group. We realised, looking across our traditional teams – which are split into Chemistry and Life Sciences, Engineering and High Technology subject areas – that quite a number of our attorneys are materials science specialists. We wanted to bring them together, so they can share knowledge, keep a focus on best practice and deepen our capabilities further in this important area. Each attorney, while being a specialist in materials science, therefore has the benefit of knowledge of another discipline, enabling them to give advice that is finely tuned to the needs of our clients. Collectively, the attorneys in the team work with clients across a diverse range of sectors, including aerospace, automotive engineering, electronics, oil and gas, nuclear power, renewable energy, medical devices and healthcare products.
The group is skilled in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications relating to new material structures and compositions, manufacturing methods, engineering applications and characterisation tools. Members also have substantial experience of representing clients in oppositions and appeals before the EPO, as well as advising on patent infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate.
In addition to representing our clients in Europe, we will be producing articles and bulletins on materials science IP issues and running specialist seminars to enhance the knowledge and skills of our clients in the area – watch this space!