Mike is Head of the Engineering and IT Group.
IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners identifies Mike as a 'recommended individual' for his expertise in Electronics and Engineering, he is also noted as 'a favourite with university technology transfer departments'. Managing Intellectual Property lists Mike as an 'IP Star'.
Mike has over 30 years’ experience across the electrical, software and engineering fields for both foreign and UK companies. As a result of his work with the University of Oxford, he has been deeply involved in helping UK clients to develop patent portfolios in medical imaging, data processing (data fusion), e-health, patient monitoring and spectroscopy.
He has international clients in the automotive, domestic appliance, optics and electronics fields. He also has responsibility for Japanese clients in the mechanical, electrical, electronic and computer software fields.
Mike advises clients on freedom-to-operate matters, as well as enforcement, drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications at the European Patent Office and elsewhere. As a technology enthusiast who likes to see technology companies succeed, he always tries to ensure that his clients understand what intellectual property can and cannot do for them and keep a commercial perspective on their patent expenditure. His aim is to give excellent practical and cost-effective advice, based on an understanding of the commercial goals of the client, rather than to pursue patents for their own sake.
Mike joined J A Kemp in 1985 and became a partner in 1991.
University of Oxford, Masters Degree in Physics
European Patent Attorney, UK Chartered Patent Attorney
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), Member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI), President of the Publications Commission of the Union of European Practitioners in Intellectual Property (UNION)