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Dr Julian Potter

Dr Julian Potter
Liverpool / London
+44 151 236 6688 / +44 20 7405 4442
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IT and engineering expert. Julian’s practice encompasses all physics-based disciplines and reflects his high academic qualifications and technical abilities. Julian’s technical areas of expertise include telecommunications and associated technologies including design and fabrication; semiconductors; optics; control systems; software; cryptography; mechanical engineering; nanotechnology; mechanical devices; nuclear physics and imaging; electronics and micro processor design; voice recognition and text-to-speech conversion and oil services technology. He has wide experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications and representing clients before both the UK Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office.

Julian is not only a Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Attorney, but also an experienced Higher Courts Litigator and has been involved in both Patents Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (formerly Patents County Court) litigation covering a wide range of technologies from cryptographic key exchange architecture (Irdeto v Telewest), design methods for oil exploration drill bits (Halliburton v Smith), GPS applications (GPS industries v Prolink) and biofilms (Innovia Films Ltd v Frito-Lay North America Inc.). Whilst managing the UK patent department of a leading global cellular telecommunications company he gained wide experience of the commercial and strategic value of intellectual property on a global scale and regularly advises clients on the development, exploitation and enforcement of a global intellectual property portfolio.

Julian is a member of FICPI, UNION, Institute of Physics and The Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is a Chartered Physicist and Chartered Scientist and his academic qualifications include a BSc, PhD and LLM.

What Others Say

Dr Julian Potter has been ranked in the top tier of 'Patent Attorneys - UK-wide' by Chambers & Partners. Julian was noted as a "very commercial" patent attorney with a "strong determination to obtain the best for his clients."

Legal 500 describes Julian as "energetic and tenacious".

Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners amongst other comments noted that "Julian has a reputation for handling complex and advanced technologies with confidence and insight".

More recommendations can be found on Julian's LinkedIn profile at http:/www.linkedin.com/in/julianpotterpatents


Dr Julian Potter is involved in the following publications:

Dissertation: Declaration of non-essentiality - a new cause of action

Dissertation: Declaration of non-essentiality - a new cause of action


"Declarations of Non-essentiality - A new cause of action?" which earned a distinction and looked at the practical use and effect of negative declarations from a court that certain patent/s are not essential (technically necessary) for the implementation of a technical standard. The particular examples discussed were in relation to GSM 2/3G standards. Full copy available in our Resources - Documents section.

Diversity and Inclusion - Senior Leaders' Pledge

Diversity and Inclusion - Senior Leaders' Pledge


WP Thompson is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion (D&I) internally and within the IP community.

We are part of IP Inclusive’s senior leaders’ think tank, which has recently launched a "Leaders' Pledge". Its aim is to help senior professionals provide visible and active leadership on improving diversity and inclusion in their organisations.

The new pledge has been signed by WP Thompson's partners Stuart Forrest, David Gill, Alistair McKinnon and Julian Potter.

The Leaders’ Pledge

The Leaders’ Pledge supplements the main IP Inclusive EDI Charter, and it is a commitment by individuals not organisations. The pledge is intended for signature by managing partners, chief executives and others in senior, decision-making roles, it includes a promise to work alongside more junior colleagues to effect positive change.
The Leaders’ Pledge consists of eight high-level commitments, shown below. Alongside each of these, a signatory commits to one or more practical steps they will take to fulfil their pledge. These steps can be tailored to suit the size, structure and resources of the individual business and how far it is already along its D&I journey. What matters most is that they are publicised, both internally and externally, to demonstrate that D&I will not be a box-ticking exercise, will not be consigned to silos within the organisation, but will be championed at the highest levels.

The commitments

1. Providing visible and proactive leadership to improve D&I in my organisation
2. Taking D&I seriously at the highest level
3. Embedding and valuing D&I throughout the organisational culture
4. Building trust and safe spaces throughout the organisation
5. Educating myself and my colleagues about D&I issues
6. Sharing my privileges
7. Insisting on equity
8. Working closely with HR and/or management colleagues to achieve this.

Dr Julian Potter - Interviewed by IPPro The Internet

Dr Julian Potter - Interviewed by IPPro The Internet


Dr Julian Potter recently gave an interview to IPPro The Internet on his views on the relationship between patents and SMEs.

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Dr Julian Potter - Interviewed on the Business Channel

Dr Julian Potter - Interviewed on the Business Channel


Dr Julian Potter gave an interview on the Business Channel covering the general topics of IP generation and awareness, what and when to protect, and how to reap benefit from IP.
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