Paul Cozens


UK & European Patent Attorney, UK Trade Mark and Design Attorney, Higher Courts Litigator

MA (Cantab), PhD, DIC, EPA, CPA, RTMA

Following a spell as a practising engineer, Paul has nearly 30 years’ pedigree as a patent, design and trade mark attorney. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the mechanical, electrical and software engineering fields, and leverages his expertise at the forefront of developing techniques for procuring patent protection to assist clients in generating, protecting and exploiting intellectual property (IP) portfolios of genuine value. Paul is recommended in the 2023 edition of The Legal 500, and has been praised for his “wealth of experience” (2023) and for “delivering high quality outcomes” (2022). He has been described as “an intelligent builder of patent portfolios”, and has been recognised for his “combination of technical aptitude, pragmatism and the ability to get the job done” (2023). Paul features as a ‘Recommended Individual’ in the latest IAM Patent 1000 guide and has also been ranked as a ‘Patent Star’ in Managing IP’s IP STARS.

Paul has a number of major clients across the engineering sector, for whom his significant experience as a practising engineer combined with his legal acumen is an invaluable asset. He has achieved significant success for clients in building strong and commercially valuable IP portfolios in the mechanical, electrical and software engineering fields. Paul’s professional experience includes a wide technical and commercial spectrum from nuclear physics, advanced materials, fibre optics and semiconductor devices, through automotive engineering, environmental engineering, medical devices, fluid mechanics, acoustics, broadcasting, radar, telecoms, to software and advanced business process inventions including the fast moving and highly competitive fin-tech sector.

Working as a trusted adviser to some of the world’s most successful and innovative businesses over a number of years, Paul has been responsible for developing and maintaining strategic patent portfolios, often working from the ground up alongside senior management to ensure a clear commercial focus in all IP matters. He has been instrumental in helping clients to secure the successful sale and/or licensing of IP assets and has also undertaken a number of critical infringement risk assessment assignments over a wide range of technical areas. Paul is also well known for his work at the forefront of developing techniques for procuring patent protection in some of the most challenging areas, including business process inventions.

When it comes to defending clients’ IP rights, Paul has considerable litigation expertise, winning significant litigation on behalf of clients across broadcasting, telecoms and mechanical engineering.

Paul has a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in computational fluid dynamics from Imperial College. He qualified as a patent, design and trade mark attorney in 1991, and later as a Higher Courts Litigator.

Paul sits on the software committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).

Paul has also signed the IP Inclusive Leaders’ Pledge, which promises a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion as an individual within a leadership role.

“Paul Cozens is my primary contact and he brings a wealth of experience that enables him to get to the key issues very quickly. He is supported by a strong team who always deliver high quality outcomes.”

The Legal 500 (2023)

“Regardless of the client, Paul has always impressed me by his combination of technical aptitude, pragmatism and the ability to roll his sleeves up so as to get the job done. He is also very easy to work with on a personal level.”

IAM Patent 1000 (2022)

“Paul D Cozens is an intelligent builder of patent portfolios with an affinity for the cutting-edge fields of artificial intelligence and cryptocurrency. He expertly balances scientific acumen with a fine-tuned business mind and is determined to get results no matter how challenging a case becomes.”

IAM Patent 1000 (2021)

“Paul Cozens produces work of a consistently high quality and is very commercial. He is especially adept at dealing with software in the context of engineering.”

The Legal 500 (2021)

“We have been very impressed. In addition to Paul being highly knowledgeable on the technical and legal side about how to best protect our innovations, we were surprised by how proactive he was in offering advice and guidance throughout the process about the financial and commercial implications of our decisions.”

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