Phil graduated with a first-class MEng Honours degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Bath, where he was awarded the Fredrick Barnes Waldron Prize for best student. During Phil’s degree he undertook a 12-month placement at Rolls-Royce PLC in Bristol working on a wide range of defence gas turbine engines.
Following graduation, Phil worked for four years as a mechanical engineer in Arup’s Advanced Technology Group, including a 13-month placement in the USA.
In 2005 Phil switched careers to start as a trainee patent attorney at a large UK firm. During his time there he worked for a significant range of engineering clients, including those in aerospace, manufacturing, medical and automotive industries.
As well as being a chartered and European patent attorney, Phil also holds the Higher Courts Litigation certificate providing him with the ability to conduct litigation in the UK courts. Although Phil does not actively practice litigation, he finds that this training provides him with a much better insight into the realities of IP protection, and a pragmatic approach to the enforceability and commercial value of IP.
Phil has worked across all areas of patent and design practice, with notable specialisms in Manufacturing, automotive, Aerospace, Medical engineering.
Phil, has worked as a consultant attorney with Symbiosis IP since 2017, providing advice in relation to various medical and diagnostic based technologies.