Mike Nicholls

Partner, Patent Attorney

Mike is Head of the Engineering and IT Group.

IAM Patent 1000 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". Mike is named in the Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) IP Stars Handbook as an "IP Star" and is "recommended" by The Legal 500.

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. He is based in our London office.




University of Oxford, Masters Degree in Physics

Professional Qualifications

European Patent Attorney; UK Chartered Patent Attorney

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); Member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI); Honorary Councillor of the Union of European Practitioners in Intellectual Property (UNION-IP)


Email: mnicholls@jakemp.com

Tel: +44 20 3077 8600

14 South Square,
Gray’s Inn

Contact Mike

If you wish to talk to Mike Nicholls, please send an email directly to mnicholls@jakemp.com

or call +44 20 3077 8600

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