Greg Ward

Senior Associate

UK and European Patent Attorney

London (UK)


Greg is a Senior Associate and Patent Attorney of Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP. He is recognised by both clients and colleagues as an expert in the fields of electronics and telecommunications. With experience both in private practice and as part of an in-house IP department, during a year-long secondment, Greg has a strong understanding of clients’ needs and regularly gives strategic advice on patent prosecution and patent portfolio management.

In particular, Greg brings a deep level of technical background knowledge to his work with high-value, standards essential patents (SEPs); his advice and opinions are highly regarded by those in working in the field.

Greg is dual qualified as a Chartered UK (2015) and European (2014) Patent Attorney, and is also a European Design Attorney. He joined Haseltine Lake Kempner in 2013 from another highly regarded private practice firm, and became a Senior Associate in 2017.

He is experienced in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, including representing clients in Oral Proceedings at the European Patent Office. His prosecution practice spans a diverse range of technologies, including semiconductor and microelectromechanical devices, telecommunication technologies (including fibre optic communication systems), industrial machining, medical prostheses and equipment, microelectromechanical devices and automotive technologies. His breadth of knowledge is particularly useful in the prosecution of applications which span several fields of technology, for example, inventions which include electrical and engineering elements. Greg is also experienced in drafting and prosecuting applications in the emerging field of machine learning, with a particular focus on neural networks.

During his secondment, Greg was part of a team overseeing the patent portfolio of a large multinational corporation specialising in the manufacture of imaging and optical products. In this role, he was involved in advising on litigation strategy and training in-house attorneys, in addition to general patent prosecution. Greg has continued his involvement in litigation proceedings, and is frequently called upon to provide freedom to operate, validity and infringement advice.

Greg is a level 1 IP litigator and has rights of audience to appear in the High Court of England and Wales to conduct appeals from decisions of the UK IPO or the Appointed Person, and to conduct litigation and represent clients in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. As a European Design Attorney, Greg has experience working with Community Registered Designs, and also advises on the availability of unregistered design rights.

Greg obtained a First Class Honours degree in physics from the University of Sheffield. During his degree, Greg worked on laser-engraved microcantilevers comprising self-assembled monolayers for use in gas detection technologies. His PhD is in the field of particle physics, specifically neutrino oscillation, and involved Monte Carlo simulation of particle detector architecture, circuit design and construction techniques, optics and laser and LED technologies. The primary focus of the PhD was the development of a light injection system for the calibration and testing of a single-photon-level light detection system based on Geiger-mode avalanche photodiodes linked to optical fibres.

In his spare time, Greg is a keen cyclist and rock climber, and can often be found in the hillier parts of the UK and Europe.

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MPhys (University of Sheffield)
DPhil (University of Sheffield)
UK Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney

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