Andrew relishes the challenge of obtaining the best possible protection for our clients’ IP. Since joining the profession, Andrew has drafted hundreds of patent specifications over a wide range of technologies, such as renewable energy, medical devices, automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, optical sensors, rail engineering and advanced building technologies. Many of these patents have granted and become integral parts of our clients’ successful IP strategies. Andrew’s patent practice includes applications in a wide range of countries and he is particularly adept at managing patent portfolios across many jurisdictions.
A strategic thinker, Andrew regularly provides commercially grounded advice, whether that is for small start-ups, universities or larger corporations. In particular, having contributed to the setting up of the UK Government's Patent Box scheme, Andrew is well placed to advise on Patent Box matters and, more generally, the use of IP as a financial asset.
Andrew is fascinated by new technology and always enjoys discussing a new invention with an inventor. He particularly enjoys helping our clients to identify inventions arising from blue-sky projects and advising on how best to secure an early competitive advantage.
With a 1st class honours degree in Engineering Science, Andrew is well placed to work on a wide range of subject matters and this versatility is prized by our clients. In addition to the broad range of topics covered in his first degree, Andrew completed a PhD on the effects of water injection on gas turbines. During his degrees Andrew was sponsored by ICI and Rolls-Royce and as a result has a wide range of industrial experience.
Andrew heads up our in house Academy for our trainee patent attorneys and particularly enjoys helping the next generation of patent attorneys develop their skills. Andrew is also an Examiner for the UK Advanced IP Law and Practice examination.
What clients say about Andrew:
"I have worked closely with the team at HLK for nearly 10 years, over which time they have earned an unparalleled level of trust by delivering consistently exceptional support. They offer a highly personal and professional approach, and are always willing to go that extra mile to help out when needed. I hope to continue working with them for many years to come." - Andrew Hilton, UK Intellectual Property Counsel, Ford Global Technologies LLC