Introducing Our Electronic Systems and Circuits Team

At HLK we pride ourselves on the specialist knowledge and experience of our attorneys, and the ability that gives us to understand our clients’ technologies.

Since the invention of the first transistor in 1947, the complex devices and systems that are enabled by electronic circuits have played an increasingly important role in all our lives, from the way that electricity is distributed to our homes, to the vehicles we drive, and the tiny devices that continuously monitor our health.

The pace of innovation in the electronics field is unrelenting and competition is fierce, so obtaining strong patent protection for key innovations can be crucial to the success of a business.

We believe that, to achieve the strongest patent protection in this area, it is vital that the attorneys working on a patent application understand the intricate details of an invention; in many cases what appears on paper to be a small change to a circuit may be the key to unlocking valuable technical benefits.

The attorneys in our Electronic Systems and Circuits team have the rare ability amongst patent attorneys to understand electronics inventions at the circuit level. Every team member has extensive experience of working with innovators on cutting edge electronics technologies to understand and protect their inventions.

Increasingly we are using that expertise to support not only electronics clients but also clients in other sectors, as they develop electronic technologies to replace or complement traditionally more mechanical systems in areas such as vehicle electrification and industrial processes.

We are always very happy to discuss the issues around patenting electronic circuits and to advise on effective strategies for protecting innovations in this area, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like our help.

Matthew Howell

An electronic engineer by training, Matthew has drafted and prosecuted applications for a variety of electronics related subject matter, including analogue and mixed-signal circuitry for audio applications, analogue computing, haptic systems, RF receiver architectures, high power electricity distribution systems and vehicle electrification technologies. As lead partner for a multinational electronics client, Matthew is well versed in providing strategic advice  on patent filing programmes  and competitor patent analysis.

Phil Davies

Phil is renowned for his in-depth knowledge of analogue and mixed-signal electronics. Clients prize his thorough approach and attention to detail, as well as his ability to analyse complex technical and legal issues and provide clear and pragmatic advice. Phil has experience of patent prosecution in a wide range of electronics technologies including audio signal processing and data communication, DC-DC converters and power management circuits, MEMS devices and associated circuitry, and high-voltage electricity generation and distribution.

David Lewin

David is valued by multinationals and SMEs alike for his extensive experience in mixed-signal electronics and electronics systems, allowing him to distil high-quality patent applications from meetings and conversations, devising new circuit diagrams as he goes! He has particular experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of high-speed digital-to-analogue and analogue-to-digital conversion, haptics, audio systems and inductive charging.

Will Morgan

Will holds a Masters degree in electronic engineering with nanotechnology.  He is well regarded for his strong client-focused approach, ensuring the highest level of understanding of his clients’ businesses and aims. He has extensive technical expertise in the areas of analogue, digital and mixed signal electronics and semiconductor device design.  Particular areas of expertise include audio signal processing, ADCs, DACs, DC-DC convertors, power management, charge pumps, RF transmission, haptics and biometrics.  Will also has substantial MedTech experience in machine-body interface circuitry and signal processing.