European Patent Attorney
Chartered UK Patent Attorney
University of Oxford, BA, Physics
University of Southampton, PhD
Simon is a patent attorney with extensive experience across a wide range of technologies and legal procedures. He has worked in most fields of computing and telecommunications, including silicon devices and manufacture, computer architecture and operating systems, network and storage infrastructure, application software including web/Internet platforms, image, speech and signal processing, artificial intelligence, data and voice communications, mobile network architectures and handsets, database technologies, big data, computer security, and satellite navigation systems and applications. Simon also has strong expertise in the area of medical technology and devices, including different forms of medical imaging, surgical interventions, implants and diagnostics. He has in-depth experience of drafting and worldwide prosecution of high-technology inventions, and has been involved in UK Hearings and many European oppositions, both defending and attacking granted patents, including at the appeal level.
Simon joined Maschio and Soames as a consultant in 2018 and works primarily on the prosecution of European patent applications in the medical field. He originally worked as a researcher into microwave satellite communications before obtaining a PhD in high energy astrophysics. Simon then started at the IBM UK Intellectual Property Department where he trained and qualified as a patent attorney before becoming manager of a team of patent attorneys. In addition to acquiring an in-house perspective and understanding of the business role of intellectual property, Simon’s activities for IBM included patent drafting and prosecution, trademarks, copyright, licensing, litigation, portfolio management and budgeting. From IBM, Simon joined a private practice firm where he became a partner with responsibility for a broad spectrum of clients including global software firms, an international space research organisation, and a leading UK university for medical technologies, before retiring in 2018.
Simon is currently Chair of the Computer Technology Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and is a former member of the CIPA council. He is active in the debate regarding software and IP, and is an expert on contentious issues such as the patenting of computer programs and the handling of artificial intelligence (AI) inventions.
Simon enjoys football, cycling, and classic rock and roll.