Christopher Hirsz

About
Christopher Hirsz

Chris has over 30 years' experience of patents and has worked across Europe, the Middle East, Australasia, south-east Asia and in the UK. He has experience in all areas of electronics, telecommunications and software.

Christopher Hirsz

Summary

Year joined:2011

Qualifications:BSc EPA CPA RTMA FIPTA

Expertise

Chris has experience in all areas of electronics, telecommunications and software patenting and is very passionate about passing on his practical, commercial understanding of how IP can be best used by entrepreneurs and SMEs. His early career started with 18 months at the UK Patent Office, gaining examiner’s perspective. He then moved into the commercial world with GEC, where he trained on a number of different technologies, including fibre optics, power engineering, lighting and domestic appliances. Chris is experienced in liaising with inventors in design centres across Europe and the Middle East, sitting on patent committees to identify inventions, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as dealing with patent infringement matters. Chris has dealt with inventions in semiconductor circuits and manufacturing processes including microprocessors, automotive electronics and radio communications, as well as setting up and managing patent committees, for Motorola’s European patent operations. Chris also has knowledge of Australian and south-east Asian patent markets, having spent several years in private practice in Australia and qualified as an Australian Patent Attorney, and subsequently managing Motorola’s south-east Asian and Australasian IP portfolios, especially in semiconductors. For the last fourteen years he has practised in the UK, where he has represented a number of multinational and European clients, large, small and individual. He has been involved in the Cambridge entrepreneurial community, helping provide education and mentorship to start-up companies and students, both on the benefits and the pitfalls of IP for small enterprises.

Academic

Chris studied Physics and Astronomy at University College London. He has also provided lectures on European IP law to Polish patent attorneys and encouraged entrepreneurship among students in Warsaw, analogously to the entrepreneurship community of students in Cambridge.

Membership & Organisations

Chris is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, The Institute of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia and of the European Patent Institute.

Recent Work

Chris has recently been working on European prosecution for Cisco. As well as helping two UK SMEs to expand their worldwide patent portfolios.


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