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 been commended by clients for his proactive approach and understanding of business strategy.Â Clients note that he can be â€śrelied upon for both his legal knowledge and technical expertiseâ€ť.Â Andrew likes to develop long term relationships with clients and their technical teams to really understand where a business is going and how IP can be used as a tool to complement those drivers and help the business grow.
Andrew has particular experience managing international portfolios particularly in the Medtech, Software, Telecoms and Automotive fields. Â His background in the interface between Physics and consumer healthcare means Andrew has a particular interest and expertise in medical device technologies.Â Andrewâ€™s PhD had a commercial focus, sponsored by a major pharmaceutical company resulting in a number of scientific publications in highly-regarded peer-reviewed journals and Andrewâ€™s attendance at numerous international conferences.
Andrew doesnâ€™t just work with big clients, however, and has an active approach to engaging with Londonâ€™s burgeoning start-up community.Â He regularly provides free support and advice to a number of start-up accelerators and incubators in the UK, discussing all aspects of IP including registered designs, agreements and licencing, as well as patents of course.
â€śWe are a small business without in-house IP function. Mathys & Squire have helped us protect our IP and to define our IP in deals with customers. This support has been critical in allowing our business to scale. It has freed our people to focus on their own roles. Licensing our IP has enabled us to scale without making the capital outlay for manufacturing equipment. [â€¦] the team have helped us to negotiate an IP licence which we estimate will generate income of several millions of Euro per year. Sean and Andrew stand out for their proactive approach [â€¦] they understand our business strategy beyond IP and help us to make the best use of our resources."Â Â
Stephen Irish, Managing Director â€“ Commercial, Hyperdrive Innovation Limited
â€śMathys & Squire have been with us since we began our transition from industrial markets into the automotive sector.Â In the years that we have worked with Mathys & Squire Sean Leach, and his associateÂ Andrew White,Â have struck up a relationship with our technical team, and we know they can be relied upon forÂ both their legal knowledge, and their technical expertise
Matt Boyle, President & CEO, Sevcon
Andrew is a European Patent Attorney and a chartered UK Patent Attorney.Â He holds a Masterâ€™s 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.Â During the course of his PhD, which was sponsored by GSK, he gained a valuable insight into the world of commercial R&D and published a number of papers, book chapters and spoke at numerous international conferences â€“ a skill which he now uses to give presentations on IP to both students and clients.
Membership & Organisations
Andrew is a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, CIPA, also a member of the European Patent Institute, EPI.Â He was appointed as Informals Honorary Secretary for 2013-2014. Â He was also the Informals Education Secretary and is a member of CIPAâ€™s Education and Professional Standards Committee.Â Andrew is also a member of the North East Automotive Alliance.
Sectors & Specialisms
AndrewÂ specialises in:Â
Patent applications,Â patent drafting and filing,Â freedom to operate,Â due diligence,Â patent enforcement,Â IP strategy,Â patent portfolio management,Â licensing,Â patent oppositions,Â commercialisation