Meet the team
Below are the key members of the Electronic Systems & Circuits team.
UK and European Patent Attorney
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.
UK and European Patent Attorney, Irish Patent Agent
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, quantum computing, and high-voltage electricity generation and distribution.
UK and European Patent Attorney
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 drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of high-speed digital-to-analogue and analogue-to-digital conversion, SoC architecture, processors, haptics, audio systems and inductive charging.
UK and European Patent Attorney
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, IoT devices, power management (low-power wireless), wireless comms, charge pumps, RF transmission, haptics and biometrics. Will also has substantial MedTech experience in machine-body interface circuitry and signal processing.
Trainee Patent Attorney
Owen graduated with a Masters degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and joined HLK in September 2020. During his time at the firm, he has quickly developed a knowledge of our clients’ key technologies in the electronics space. Owen has been involved with the prosecution and drafting of patents for large electronics clients, gaining experience in high-speed ADCs and DACs alongside charge-pumps, power management systems and highly accurate current and voltage sources. As part of his degree, he also participated in an industrial placement at a leading semiconductor manufacturer and developed an understanding of the design and simulation challenges of image-sensor technologies, which remains an interest of his.
Insights from our team
Just last week, the EPO published the second in a series of insight reports related to quantum technologies, in which it presented its findings as to the increase of new filings and the number of patent families over the last 30 years, and provided analysis on how roughly 10% of recent European patent applications in the field have several applicants, indicating cooperative research around the world.
Evolution of Computer Storage – Part Three
The latest developments in the now 9-year long saga of a discarded Hard Drive containing 8000 Bitcoin (or roughly 2.5 billion Dogecoin for adopters of a rival, Shiba-Inu-faced alt-coin) involves plans to search a Welsh landfill site using mechanical arms to pick through the rubbish and robotic dogs to scan the rubbish-heap with cameras (rather than to ward off potential light-fingered data-poachers – to my disappointment).
Evolution of Computer Storage – Part Two
Previously, we discussed the rationale behind the development of new computer storage systems and the origins of the Hard Drive in a desk-sized account management system. In this article, we delve into the ways in which digital data makes its way onto whirring metal platters, and developments made following the technology’s conception.
Other cross disciplinary teams
The AI team offers a wealth of experience across a broad range of AI inventions from telecommunications protocols to photophosphorylation and from Smart Cities to Natural Language Processing.
Life Sciences & Healthcare team
The Life Sciences & Healthcare team offers you a broad range of expertise in the pharmaceutical, medical and biotechnology field combined with long-term extensive IP experience which includes advising innovative pharmaceutical and medical device companies.
Oppositions & Appeals team
HLK has a proven track record in EPO opposition proceedings. In particular, HLK consistently outperform EPO averages on behalf of opponents.
The Materials team is highly experienced in protecting innovations across the whole field of materials science, from the synthesis of nanomaterials in the lab to the fine-tuning of industrial metallurgical treatments.
HLK’s FemTech team is comprised of a dedicated group of experienced IP professionals who have a specific interest in innovation for women, and are keen to play a part in addressing the disparity in resources and innovation directed to the advancement of women’s health.
Electronic Systems & Circuits team
Our Electronic Systems and Circuits team has extensive expertise across a range of electronics technologies, such as ultra low-power sensing systems, audio and RF electronics, vehicle electrification and high voltage electricity generation and distribution systems.
Green Tech team
HLK’s Green Tech team offers extensive experience and expertise in protecting innovations in the environmental sector. Members of the team have substantial technical expertise in a wide range of technological fields, including low carbon energies, energy storage, recycling technologies and alternative plastics.