Richard is a European and UK patent attorney and a partner at Venner Shipley LLP. He has significant expertise in artificial intelligence and deep learning based technologies, and is the lead for the firm’s AI practice group. Clients describe him as having “very strong technical skills on complex machine learning subject matter” and being “highly in tune with ongoing policy developments, such as proposed (since adopted) changes at the European Patent Office regarding examination of artificial intelligence subject matter”.
Richard has extensive experience of working with SMEs and multinational companies, usually acting as outside counsel but also at times in an outsourced “in-house” role, and has also assisted a variety of start-ups and universities. He takes a practical, collaborative and commercial approach to patent work, and enjoys working with clients to secure best protection for their innovation. His practice covers invention capture, original drafting, patent prosecution before the EPO and around the world, and also registered design matters, freedom-to-operate opinions, and oppositions and appeals.
Richard’s technical background is in physics, software development and mathematics; he holds a PhD from Imperial College London and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College Dublin.