Robert's practice covers a great range of subject matters including medical devices, automotive technologies and electro-mechanical inventions. Robert also leads the litigation practice at Williams Powell.
He focuses on electronics related inventions as well as medical devices and inventions in motor vehicle and physics fields. Much of this is for direct applicants, which involves substantial amounts of original patent application drafting work and prosecution through Patent Offices around the world. His litigation experience and practice is also extensive, with over 100 completed opposition and opposition appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office, as well as a significant number of patent and designs actions in the UK, in other European jurisdictions and also further afield, including in the United States and China.
He is active within the IP pro-bono litigation scheme, both managing cases within the scheme and also acting for parties that could not otherwise afford to litigate their IP rights or defend themselves.
Robert is a regular visitor to R&D departments for a number of clients, working closely with inventors to follow their projects and provide guidance and invention disclosure write-ups to their management. He also sits on an assessment panel for an NHS trust's Enterprise department, guiding investment and development decisions. Robert is a former Visiting Fellow of Cranfield University for services in tutoring on Intellectual Property rights.
Robert is the author of the book "European Patent Decisions" which is a staple reference work, selling in 25 countries throughout the world.