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Dr Julian Potter

Partner WP Thompson

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  • England

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  • IP - Patents
138 Fetter Lane
London EC4A 1BT United Kingdom

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IT and engineering expert. Julian’s practice encompasses all physics-based disciplines and reflects his high academic qualifications and technical abilities. Julian’s technical areas of expertise include telecommunications and associated technologies including design and fabrication; semiconductors; optics; control systems; software; cryptography; mechanical engineering; nanotechnology; mechanical devices; nuclear physics and imaging; electronics and micro processor design; voice recognition and text-to-speech conversion and oil services technology. He has wide experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications and representing clients before both the UK Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office.

Julian is not only a Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney and European Trade Mark Attorney, but also an experienced Patent Attorney Litigator and has been involved in both Patents Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court litigation covering a wide range of technologies from cryptographic key exchange architecture (Irdeto v Telewest), design methods for oil exploration drill bits (Halliburton v Smith), GPS applications (GPS industries v Prolink) and biofilms (Innovia Films Ltd v Frito-Lay North America Inc.). Whilst managing the UK patent department of a leading global cellular telecommunications company he gained wide experience of the commercial and strategic value of intellectual property on a global scale and regularly advises clients on the development, exploitation and enforcement of a global intellectual property portfolio.

Julian is a member of FICPI, UNION, Institute of Physics and The Institute of Engineering and Technology. He is a Chartered Physicist and Chartered Scientist and his academic qualifications include a BSc, PhD and LLM. He is also chairman of the Parliamentary Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

What Others Say

Dr Julian Potter has been ranked in the top tier of 'Patent Attorneys - UK-wide' by Chambers & Partners. Julian was noted as a "very commercial" patent attorney with a "strong determination to obtain the best for his clients."

Legal 500 describes Julian as "energetic and tenacious".

Legal Media Group's Expert Guide to the World's Leading Patent Law Practitioners amongst other comments noted that "Julian has a reputation for handling complex and advanced technologies with confidence and insight".

Firm Description

The firm is a specialist IP prosecution and litigation firm.  Established in 1873 we are proud of our heritage but do not rely upon it. Our ethos is exclusively focused on meeting our clients’ needs and expectations now, and on providing our clients with professional advice and support services which are technically excellent, legally sophisticated and commercially astute.

We are a European firm with our primary offices in London the financial and legal centre of Europe, Liverpool in the commercial and industrial heartland of the UK and Munich the seat of the European Patent Office.

Our strong direct client base in Europe and a wide range of experience and expertise allows us to offer the highest standard of advice and assistance in this connection. We work closely with our direct clients, getting to know the businesses and technologies in question and thus advising from a position of knowledge and experience.

We also have a substantial client base overseas and a commensurate network of professional relationships in literally every IP functioning jurisdiction worldwide.  The firm believes that its experience in meeting the day to day needs of its direct domestic clients provides the best possible background for understanding the issues faced by its overseas clients and advising on European prosecution and enforcement issues with a strong appreciation of their commercial priorities.  Advice from the firm is therefore given from the standpoint of commercial as well as technological and legal awareness.

Expertise within the firm covers an extensive range of technologies, from electronic engineering and mechanical sciences, through to chemistry and biotechnology, and our team includes specialists in trade mark prosecution and enforcement. Litigation specialists also form an integral part of the firm's professional base.