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Dr Ian Weaver

Partner
Chartered Patent Attorney (UK)
European Patent Attorney
M.Sc. Optoelectronics and Optical Information Processing

Ian Weaver has many years of experience in intellectual property law. His main areas of expertise include drafting patent applications, obtaining, securing and enforcing patents, conducting opposition and appeal proceedings as well as the assessment of third-party property rights and worldwide portfolio management. He gained particular expertise in electro-optical systems through his work for a British aerospace and defence company. He has also developed the technology and digital patent portfolio of an international pharmaceutical group and played a key role in shaping the strategic direction of patent protection for these technologies.

His technical focus is therefore on physics, aerospace, electrical systems, optics and optoelectronics, imaging systems, telecommunications, high-tech consumer goods, diagnostic systems and digitalization.

Career
Since 2019Partner at Maiwald
2017-2019Senior Patent Counsel at Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH
2017-2019Of Counsel at Maiwald
2015-2017Patent attorney at Maiwald
2013-2015Patent attorney at a UK IP law firm in London
2011-2013Trainee patent attorney at a UK IP law firm in London
2007-2010Intellectual Property Manager at a UK company in Farnborough
2005-2007Capability Group Leader at a UK defence and aerospace company in Farnborough
1999-2005Senior Principal Engineer at a UK company in Hayes
1995-2005Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Pure and Applied Physics of The Queen’s University of Belfast 
1989-1991Engineer at a UK aerospace company in Lancashire
Education
2016Admitted to practice as European patent attorney
2014Admitted to practice as UK patent attorney
1992-1996PhD in the field of laser and laser/plasma physics from the Department of Pure and Applied Physics of The Queen’s University of Belfast
1991-1992Master’s degree in optoelectronics and optical information processing at the Department of Pure and Applied Physics of The Queen’s University of Belfast
1986-1989Bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Manchester
Services
  • Patent prosecution and portfolio management
  • Filing strategies and drafting patent applications
  • Freedom-to-operate and validity analysis
  • Opposition and nullity proceedings
  • Patent litigation
  • Drafting of contracts
Memberships
  • CIPA
  • Institute of Physics (CPhys)
  • epi
  • EUIPO
  • German Patent Attorney Association
Languages

German, English