- BSc (1st Class Hons) Chemistry with New Materials Technology — University of Aberdeen
- PhD Chemical Physics — University of Aberdeen
- Chartered Patent Attorney/European Patent Attorney
- Professional Representative before EUIPO
- Awarded the Sir George Forbes Prize in Physical Chemistry, the Cassie Prize in Physics, and a Carnegie Scholarship
Ian’s areas of specialism are chemistry, materials, engineering and design, and green tech. Prior to joining UDL, Ian worked for nine years in another UK-based patent firm, followed by a seven year stint as in-house attorney with a multinational high-tech materials manufacturing company.
Ian’s speciality lies in the development and implementation of IP strategy for new materials across the commercial value chain. He has particular expertise in patents relating to the synthesis and utilisation of high-tech materials in optics, electronics, mechanical tool parts, medical devices, electrochemical sensing, chemical processing and water treatment, and quantum sensing, imaging and information processing applications.
Ian is experienced in invention harvesting, drafting, prosecution, oppositions, appeals and oral proceedings at the UK and European Patent Offices, infringement and validity opinions, and portfolio management — as well as managing the filing and prosecution of patent applications to grant around the world.
Having experienced in-house practice, Ian is also well versed in the need for strategic IP planning and integration with both commercial and innovation teams within a business. He also has considerable experience of collaborative IP generation between industrial and university partners.
Ian entered the profession in 2001 and joined UDL in 2017.