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Howard is a Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney and European Design Attorney in the High Tech and Electrical Group. He has a been Partner since 2011.
He advises on Patent infringement and validity, especially regarding software implemented inventions, such as for digital rights management and telecommunications. He also advises on the patentability of business methods and financial applications in Europe. He has substantial experience in drafting and prosecuting Patent applications before the UK and European Patent Offices as well as coordinating the prosecution of foreign applications as part of larger Patent portfolios. Howard has significant experience in representing patentees and opponents during European Opposition procedures and Oral Proceedings.
Howard works with clients whose businesses focus on scientific or electronic based technology, such as spectrometers, semiconductor devices, telecommunications and computer hardware and software, as well as electro-mechanical products.
He also gives tutorials to candidates for the UK and European Qualifying Examination.
Howard has a BSc Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation and a PhD Physics, both from the University of Leeds. His PhD research included the development of an ultraviolet laser-based Raman imaging microscope spectrometer. Howard has also gained the postgraduate certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London. He is a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics and is a chartered physicist. Prior to his career as a Patent Attorney Howard worked in industry developing large scale client-server, Internet and database systems for the financial sector.