Michael Downing

Patent Attorney - Trade Mark Attorney

With more than 20 years in the intellectual property profession, Michael heads up the team at Downing-IP. His enthusiasm is infectious and inspired by his clients and their challenges. Michael assimilates the most subtle concepts and complex details quickly and thoroughly. He has mastered the art of writing short, sharply focused patent applications that can be launched without running up unnecessary professional fees.

An expert in writing patent applications and in exploring the boundaries of patentability, Michael works on behalf of new start-ups, growing SMEs and internationally trading plcs. The companies he works for may have little in common but they all share one need – to have their ideas robustly protected.

Michael also enjoys defending people against flawed threats of intellectual property infringement proceedings. Where defence is justified and appropriate he takes aggressive, pre-emptive action in order to secure the initiative.

Michael is committed to securing a fair outcome for those who are entitled to protect their original ideas. Experience has taught him that a thoroughly prepared, incisive and rigorous service is the best protection against protracted debate.

Michael Downing

T 01494 422626

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E michael@downing-ip.com

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Martin MacLean

Patent Attorney

Martin is a European Patent Attorney with an Engineering degree from Cambridge University. Martin has wide experience of providing patent, trade mark, copyright and trade mark support to industrial clients. In addition to patent drafting and patent, design and trade mark prosecution, he is experienced in assessing third party intellectual property rights and providing freedom to operate advice.

Martin has expertise in providing IP commercial support, such as advising on IP in-and- out-licensing and on the IP elements of general commercial and Defence contracts; the sub-contracting of IP services; on confidentiality and copyright, and was a Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) and Freedom of Information Act (UK and USA) subject matter expert and a Performing Rights Society (PRS) advisor.

Following training and qualifying with a firm of patent attorneys, Martin had IP management roles in corporate IP departments at BOC Group and then BAE Systems, latterly as Senior IP Counsel when he was responsible for providing a full range of IP support to BAE Systems’ military aircraft business.

Prior to entering the IP field Martin was as an Army Officer, in the Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. After training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst he served in Germany and the UK.

Martin MacLean

T 01494 422626

E martin@downing-ip.com

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Stephanie Brickell

Technical Assistant

Prior to entering the IP field, Stephanie began her professional career as a design engineer, primarily in the aerospace industry, designing and performing stress analysis of hydraulic and gas turbine systems and components. Her passion for technology led to a shift into IP via a Master’s degree in the Management of Intellectual Property at Queen Mary, University of London.

Stephanie has experience of providing patent, trade mark, and design right support to a range of large and small industrial clients. In addition to patent prosecution, she is experienced in advising on freedom to operate, patent portfolio management, and defence of IP rights in the UK courts. She also has experience of domain ownership disputes. She particularly enjoys the commercial aspects of IP strategy.

Stephanie is currently part qualified in both the UK and Europe.

Stephanie Brickell

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Lisa Higgin

Records & Formalities

As an intellectual property administrator, Lisa uses her extensive experience to maintain the records needed to care for the patent, trade mark and design cases that our clients entrust to us. It’s a role that demands clinical efficiency as Lisa monitors the incoming communications from Patent Offices around the world and notes the deadlines, ensuring that the attorneys deal with them in time.

 

Lisa Higgin

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Kate Phipps

Accounts

Every office needs a highly motivated colleague like Kate. She’s responsible for the smooth operation of our accounting system and looks after both accounts payable and accounts receivable.

Kate Phipps

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Julie Thomson

Admin Assistant

Julie Thomson

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