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Physics + Engineering

Physics and engineering are the cornerstones of many manufacturing industries. It is a sector in which counterfeiting and copying of products are commonplace, which is why it is important that you team up with patent experts who know how to protect and defend your intellectual property.

It is of key importance that your patent attorney understands both your business and your inventions in order to protect your competitive position. At Elkington and Fife, you will find a team of dedicated IP professionals with physics and engineering backgrounds in industry as well as academia who not only have great technical expertise in these areas but who will work hard to understand your business behind the technology to achieve this objective.

Our experience covers a wide range of technical fields of which optics, fibre optics, glass manufacturing, particulate filter technology, x-ray imaging, self-balancing vehicles and other automotive technologies, aeronautics, semiconductor manufacturing, medical devices, energy storage and green technologies including solid state lighting are just a few examples.

Highly esteemed for electronics, engineering and trade mark matters ”


Our in-depth expertise in this sector has allowed us to build a reputation as a leading firm for all aspects of IP protection in this sector, including patent drafting and prosecution, freedom-to-operate advice and a thriving opposition practice where we have an unrivalled reputation both in defending our clients’ patents as well as opposing third party patents that interfere with the business needs of our clients.

Because we create a service that is tailored to you, our client portfolio includes a wide range of clients ranging from start-ups and SMEs to blue chip global players, who rely on our services to protect their business interests in Europe and around the world.

Meet the team
Simon Greene
Simon is a former EPO examiner with extensive experience in prosecution of difficult cases and drafting for clients both locally and abroad.
James Anderson
James has experience across all aspects of patent practice. A large proportion of his time is spent working on high value European patents.
Nick Ertl
Nick has 20 years experience in the drafting of patent applications and their prosecution around the world, especially before the EPO.
Rob Zijlstra
Rob has particular experience in patent drafting and prosecution covering a wide variety of technical areas.
Daniel Portch
Daniel's specialities include computing, computer programs, communications technology and electronic engineering.
Rob O'Callaghan
Rob is an electronics engineer with an active opposition practice. He specialises in inventions related to digital signal processing.
Peter Charlton
Peter has over 30 years experience dealing with contentious Patent and Trade Mark issues.
Ellie Olivier
Ellie graduated from the University of Southampton in 2013 with a Master of Physics degree (1st class Hons).
Zachary Jelley
Technical Assistant
Zachary received a first class honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Southampton.
Neil Fenwick
Technical Assistant
Neil graduated in 2014 from the University of Bristol, obtaining a Master of Science degree in Physics and Philosophy (1st Class Hons).
our patent sectors
Whilst our work spans a wide range of subject areas, the majority falls within the following sectors: