For more than 20 years, Laurence has been assisting clients obtain commercially valuable patent rights and enforce and defend patent rights after grant. A European Patent Attorney and a UK Chartered Patent Attorney (qualifying with the highest mark in his year), his practice spans electronic, electrical and mechanical engineering. Examples include display systems and holography, audio, computer systems and networking, renewable energy infrastructure, medical devices, and sports technology.
Laurence has extensive experience of building and maintaining focussed, relevant patent portfolios for clients ranging from FTSE 100 and S&P 500 companies through to SMEs and individuals. This includes advising on freedom-to-operate, invention mining (identifying patentable inventions), and obtaining commercially valuable patent protection, as well as drafting and prosecuting applications in Europe, the UK and worldwide.
On the contentious side, Laurence has advised and represented clients in post-grant enforcement against competitors and defended granted patents against invalidity actions. He has represented clients in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office, and provided litigation support for proceedings before the UK High Court, the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), the German regional courts in Munich & Hamburg and the UK IPO.
Before training as a patent attorney, Laurence worked in the electricity industry.