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Steve now works as a consultant to SH&P having previosuly been a partner managing the firm’s chemistry and biosciences patent practice. After graduating from the University of Exeter with a degree in Chemistry in 1974, he worked in London for the patent information specialists Derwent Publications and, subsequently, at the University of Nottingham for the Royal Society of Chemistry. He joined the firm in 1977.
Since qualifying as a European Patent Attorney in 1982, Steve has filed and prosecuted many hundreds of patent applications in a diverse range of technologies including chemicals manufacture, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, genetics, starch and sweetener technology, polymer science, rodenticides, adhesives, metallurgy and healthcare. He has represented many different clients, as patentee or as opponent, in post-grant proceedings before the EPO Opposition Division in Munich and The Hague and before the EPO Boards of Appeal in Munich, achieving many memorable victories.
Steve became a partner of the firm in 1991 and Senior Partner in 2007. He has, at the invitation of several UK universities, given lectures to academic staff and to research students on various aspects of patent law. He has, for several years, delivered a course on intellectual property to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis, School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol.