Rick enjoys tailoring his work to help companies achieve their business goals. He has extensive private practice experience advising on patent and registered design matters for clients from SMEs to multinationals, and in-house experience from a five-year secondment to the patents department of a FTSE 100 multinational. This combination enables him to provide commercially focussed, pragmatic advice.
Since entering the patent profession in 2004, Rick has developed considerable expertise in invention harvesting and patent drafting. He has written 100s of patent applications relating to mechanical, electromechanical and manufacturing technologies for clients in industries such as aerospace, marine, transport & logistics, consumer electronics, FMCG, packaging and dispensers, printing, medical devices, and electromagnetic energy harvesters.
Rick also is adept at managing prosecution of multijurisdictional patent families in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia in the above technology areas and others including automotive, railway infrastructure, snack food manufacture, mobile telecommunications and data storage. He also advises on patent infringement & validity and freedom-to-operate matters.
During his secondment, Rick gained a valuable insight into the commercial realities of a multinational consumer products company, management of patent and design portfolios, and risks posed by third party rights. The role also placed him at the receiving end of advice from other patent firms directly engaged by the company, so he very much has first-hand experience of seeing things from a client’s perspective.
Rick also is head of the EIP Designs group. His work with registered designs has included the preparation, filing and prosecution of design applications for various mechanical devices as well as for less conventional subject matter, such as digital user interfaces, logos and room interiors, and providing freedom-to-operate advice. Since 2015, he also has been a contributor to the CITMA & CIPA Community Designs Handbook, which is published by Sweet & Maxwell and is a valuable reference for IP attorneys.