Mike Nicholls EPA, CPA
Technology and Sector Specialisms
European Patent Attorney, UK Chartered Patent Attorney
Membership of Professional Bodies
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), Member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI), President of the Publications Commission of the Union of European Practitioners in Intellectual Property (UNION)
University of Oxford, Masters Degree in Physics
Mike is Head of the Engineering and IT Group.
IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners identifies Mike as a 'recommended individual' for his expertise in Electronics and Engineering, he is also noted as 'a favourite with university technology transfer departments'. Managing Intellectual Property lists Mike as an 'IP Star'.
Mike's experience, which spans almost 30 years, has extended across the electrical, software and engineering fields for both foreign and British companies. As a result of his work with the University of Oxford, he has been deeply involved in helping UK clients to develop patent portfolios in medical imaging, medical data processing (data fusion), e-health, Stirling engines and spectroscopy.
He has international clients in the automotive, domestic appliance, optics and electronics fields. As a frequent visitor to Japan, Mike also has responsibility for Japanese clients in the mechanical, electrical, electronic and computer software fields.
Mike advises clients on freedom to operate matters, as well as enforcement, drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications at the European Patent Office and elsewhere. As a technology enthusiast (his interests are sailing and cars) and keen to see technology companies succeed, Mike always tries to ensure his clients understand what intellectual property can and cannot do for them and to keep a commercial perspective on their patent expenditure. His aim is to give excellent practical and cost-effective advice based on an understanding of the commercial goals of the client, rather than to pursue patents for their own sake.
Mike joined J A Kemp in 1985 and became a partner in 1991.