Andrew joined Mathys & Squire in 2013 after spending a couple of years working in another large UK-based patent attorney firm. He has experience of drafting and prosecuting British and European patent applications and managing international portfolios, particularly in the engineering and medical device fields.
Year joined: 2013
Qualifications: MSci PhD CPA EPA
Andrew has experience of drafting and prosecuting British and European patent applications and managing international portfolios for a number of large UK-based clients particularly in the Engineering field, for example relating to gas turbine engines, turbochargers and hybrid powertrain technologies, as well as applications relating to computer implemented inventions. In addition, his background in the interface between physics and consumer healthcare means Andrew has a particular interest and expertise in medical device technologies.Â Andrewâs PhD had a commercial focus, sponsored by a major pharmaceutical company looking into new technologies to inhibit dental erosion. This involved using a variety of techniques including AFM, non-contact optical profilometry, ion chromatography, UV-VIS spectrophotometry, MALDI-TOF spectrometry, and FTIR spectrometry to analyse the effects of a 6.6 nm protein film forming on the tooth surface. It resulted in a number of scientific publications in highly-regarded peer-reviewed journals and Andrewâs attendance at numerous international conferences.
Relevant examples of his experience include:
General Network Communications
â˘ Routing technologies, Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Layer Distribution Protocols (LDP), Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP), ring networks.
â˘ Wired networking, Ethernet networks, Fibre Channel networks, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP), dynamic network management, ring networks, blade switches and repeater nodes.
â˘ Wireless networking, WiMAX network environments, self-optimising wireless networks.
â˘ Packet routing and switching including data matching, sorting and search algorithms, shared risk node groups (SRNGs), traffic engineered label switched paths, virtual gateways for balancing traffic flow and hardware for very-high-speed searching including content-addressable memory (CAM) or âassociative memoryâ.
â˘ Video conferencing, managing media delivery, audio content and user displays in multiple end-point video conferences.
â˘ Online collaborative computing sessions including methods for automated and enhanced note taking from a variety of forms of media content, including speech recognition technologies, and methods for transferring collaboration sessions from user equipment (UE).
â˘ Encryption and security, including Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP), Encapsulating Security Payload (ESP) and IPSec anti-replay protection, security labelling, methods for using role-based access control, protection against spoofed domain name system (DNS) messages and malicious traffic, protected dynamic provisioning of credentials, intrusion detection systems (IDS), comma alignment with scrambled data and confidentiality protection for fibre channel common transport.
â˘ Error Rate Monitoring for Digital Communications, Bit Error Rate (BER) estimation, forward error correction (FEC).
â˘ Data compression, including time division multiplex (TDM) circuits and use of silence patterns by aggregation nodes.
â˘ Traffic management systems, trigger-based traffic management.
â˘ Server-client systems, managing resources and out-of-resources (OOR) conditions, managing allocation of ports and channels, controlling sockets for read/write events and port bundling for link aggregation protocol.
â˘ Internet media including video streaming technology, dynamic determination of when to use quality of service reservation, control of distributed data between network nodes for optimised client access based on locality, tiling of video data, optimised transmission.
â˘ Channel access methods including Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Wideband CDMA (WCDMA) as used in 3G mobile telecommunications and optimisation of resources in CDMA2000 wireless IP networks.
â˘ Spanning Tree Protocols (STP), rapid STP (RSTP), and shortest path bridging.
â˘ Load balancing, for example in fast reroute backup tunnels, controlling system redundancy, managing virtual gateways, prioritising calls based on call destination and interface scalability.
â˘ Error correction coding schemes, methods for reducing error rate in CDMA and WCDMA communication systems, quality of service (QoS) control.
â˘ Femtocell networks including methods for handling connections in areas bounding multi-operator core networks (MOCN) and non-multi operator core networks, methods for controlling power consumption of small-cell networks and methods for detecting user equipment in a femtocell network.
â˘ Radio access network (RAN) architectures.
â˘ Echo cancellation technologies.
General Multimedia & Communications Technologies
â˘ Image and video compression, MPEG, JPEG and H.264 standards.
â˘ Digital consumer profiles, method for using and creating a digital consumer profile.
â˘ Methods for synchronising different versions of software cross-platform.
â˘ Read/write protection, methods for implementing read-only zones.
â˘ Interfaces between data communication equipment (DCE) via RS232 serial port or data terminal equipment (DTE).
â˘ 10GBASE-T transceivers and diagnostics thereof.
â˘ Authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) endpoints.
â˘ Networked multimedia systems.
General Electronics & Materials
â˘ Semiconductor manufacturing methods, for example semiconductor printing methods.
â˘ Power electronics.
Andrew is a European patent attorney and a chartered UK patent attorney.Â He holds a masterâs degree in physics and a PhD, both from the University of Bristol, and a certificate in intellectual property law from Queen Mary, University of London.
Membership & Organisations
Andrew is a member of the CIPA, and was appointed as Informals Honorary Secretary for 2013-2014. He is currently the Informals Education Secretary and is a member of CIPAâs Education and Professional Standards Committee.Â He is also a member of the EPI.