ProfessionOf Counsel, Simmons & Simmons
Nicholas specialises in intellectual property law with a focus on electronics, telecoms and software patent litigation. He acts both as a lawyer and as a patent attorney for clients in the English Courts and the European Patent Office.
He is an experienced advocate and litigator, notably successfully representing five high-tech British companies in the Astron Clinica appeal in the High Court, prompting a change of UKIPO policy towards claims involving computer/software inventions.
Nicholas has extensive technical experience in the areas of electronics and software, having acted on behalf of a wide variety of multinational electronics firms dealing with subject matter ranging from image processing and voice recognition through to telecoms and e-commerce.
He regularly speaks on intellectual property matters and lectures on patent litigation for the European Patent Academy. He is a guest lecturer for the MSc and certificate courses for patent attorneys at Queen Mary, University of London and teaches on European patent law on the JDD European Qualifying Examination course.
Nicholas writes widely on intellectual property issues and is the author of the practitioner’s work A Guide to the EPC 2000, a commentary on the European Patent Convention, published by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.
He is one of the professional board members of IPREG, the regulatory authority for patent and trade mark attorneys in the United Kingdom.