Paul Cozens

Partner

UK & European patent, design and trade mark 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 IP portfolios of genuine value. Paul has been recommended in the latest edition of The Legal 500 and noted by a source for combining ‘excellent technical skills with good business acumen and pragmatism’; he has been ranked as a ‘Patent Star’ in the latest edition of Managing IP’s IP Stars.

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Expertise

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 licencing 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.

Academic

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.

Memberships & organisations

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

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“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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