John joined WP Thompson as a Senior Associate in 2021 and is a Chartered and European Patent Attorney. His practice involves a wide range of engineering and physics-based technologies, but with particular expertise in e-cigarettes and consumer electronics products.
His previous experience includes as Senior Patent Counsel at a FTSE100 consumer goods company, where, as the only patent attorney employed in the group, he oversaw a patent filing strategy which resulted in his employer being ranked as the second most prolific UK patent filer at the European Patent Office in 2019.
John has extensive experience of contentious matters, including the management of large-scale freedom to operate studies, in which he relishes finding a route through a patent thicket to bring a product to market. John prides himself on his ability to understand his clients’ commercial interests and to provide pragmatic solutions to patent issues.
He holds a MEng degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. During his training he received the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ Drafting Prize for obtaining the highest mark in the FD2 paper.