Robert Holbrook



Robert is a part-qualified patent attorney in our Electronics and Engineering team. Robert focuses on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the fields of electronics, computer implemented inventions and image processing. Before joining Venner Shipley, Robert had a background in biology, studying biomechanics, navigation and decision making in a variety of animals using machine vision and machine learning. As such, Robert is adept at handling multi-disciplinary inventions, particularly those at the interface of electronics and biology.


Robert’s educational background was in the field of biology, graduating with a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Ecology.

Robert was awarded a DPhil in Zoology from the University of Oxford following his research into the biomechanics and navigation of fish swimming. For this research Robert used machine vision to reconstruct the bodies and trajectories of animals moving through space.

Robert went on to have a number of post-doctoral positions where he used machine vision and machine learning to study the three-dimensional biomechanics and flight control systems of moths, and the biomechanics, navigation and decision making of fish and roundworms while they moved through three dimensions.

His research has led to multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Since entering the profession, Robert has obtained a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London.

Professional Memberships

  • Student member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys