OUR PEOPLE 

Our multi-disciplinary team is comprised of patent and trademark attorneys with decades of industrial and private practise experience, solicitors from large city firms and an exceptional management group. With our further global network of connections, we can maximise the value of your creativity worldwide.

Director 
Peter Bawden

Peter is founder, co-owner and Director of Bawden & Associates.  He is a Chartered Patent Agent and European Patent Attorney.  Peter previously held overall management responsibility for the global IP activities of Exxon Chemical Company.

 

Peter’s particular expertise lies in the strategic approach to the identification, development and protection of intellectual property to generate assets and use of real commercial value.  This has included the development and exploitation of IP portfolios around the world.  Peter is experienced in advocacy, litigation and the day to day management of all aspects of a patent portfolio including patent office and court activities and has coordinated contentious issues such as oppositions and litigation in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan.

 

Peter’s technical experience spans a wide range of technologies in the chemistry, chemical and mechanical engineering fields.  Peter has acted for clients in relation to the following: Inorganic Catalysts (including polymerisation and petrochemical catalysts);  Petroleum (cracking, REFINING, isomerisation transport  and conversion); Petrochemicals (olefins, aromatics, acids, esters, solvents); Thermosetting and thermoplastic resin production and processing; Formulation chemistry (including drug delivery, processing and finished products);, Chemical reactor design and controls; Composite materials (including wind energy applications); Biomaterials (including biodiesel, ethanol, fuel production and fuel from algae); Medicine and drug delivery systems (emulsions, controlled release and eye drops); Metal coatings; Synthetic lubricants (fuel and lubricant additives (inorganic and organic) and formulations); Automotive parts and materials; Paper making; Aggregate compositions and uses; Minerals (e.g. Calcium Carbonate, Talc, Mica and Silica), Pigments (e.g. Titanium Dioxide) and Glass.

Director 
Stephen Geary

Stephen has over 30 years experience in the patent profession.  After formative years in corporate IP with ICI and Unilever and a London practice Stephen joined Peter as a co-director at Bawden and Associates in 2004.  Stephen has extensive experience advising on all aspects of IP including patent portfolio generation, developing IP strategy, licensing, contentious matters and due-diligence in acquisitions and sales. He has extensive advocacy experience having appeared many times in the European Patent Office in opposition and appeal hearings and is highly experienced in infringement and validity opinion work and international patent litigation in the UK, USA, Japan, Germany, Italy, India and Australia.  Stephen has visited India regularly for over 25 years, working with a diverse spread of clients.

 

 He has prepared and successfully prosecuted patent applications in a wide range of technical fields in the life science, medical technology, chemistry, clean technology, engineering, internet–related  and high technology fields. Stephen has particular experience in:

  • Life sciences and Medical Devices: assays, biosensors, monoclonal antibodies, small molecules, peptide synthesis, biopolymers, scaffolds, oncology, drug delivery, RNAi and gene silencing, immune response, stem cells and functionality, blood products and separation, anaesthetics, analysis and instrumentation, nutraceuticals, histology, implants, replacement  joints, catheter design, orthodontics and dental equipment

  • Chemistry: polymers including polyurethanes, PE, PP and PET, colour-change chemistry, nanotechnology, cosmetic products including hair, metal recovery, fluorinating agents, CFC replacement refrigerants, synthetic lubricants, detergents, consumer goods and food products, agrochemicals, oil field chemicals, fuel additives, catalysts, films and dyestuffs, petrochemicals, adhesives, coatings, methanol production, mining technology, OLED, semiconductors

  • Engineering and other fields: automotive, air separation, reactor and plant design, mixing technology, process automation and control, toroidal power transmissions, internet based-concepts, security systems, business methods

 

Stephen advises all types of organisations including multinational corporations, mid-size companies, SMEs and universities/ academics in the UK, US, India and Australia, other professional organisations e.g. banks and especially spin-out and start-up companies leveraging his real-world commercial experience in IP.

Jodie Flynn LLB (HONS)/BSc

Jodie is an Australian qualified intellectual property solicitor and holds the dual positions of personal administrator and legal consultant to Bawden & Associates.  Jodie manages the administrative side of the Shropshire Office of Bawden & Associates and assists Bawden and Associates patent attorneys with the management of client matters. For example, for large portfolios, she prepares issues and action lists and coordinates team members to assist the clients and the wider team in the proactive management of the patent portfolio.  In addition, Jodie is a consultant to the firm on legal matters, such as undertaking legal research on points of law that arise in EPO oppositions

 

Prior to joining Bawden & Associates, Jodie practised IP law at magic circle firms (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters) in the UK for over 10 years and prior to that at one of Australia’s leading law firms, Blake Dawson Waldron.

 

While Jodie’s experience extends over the whole range of intellectual property activities, her practice in the UK focussed primarily on patent work.  She has conducted patent litigation before the UK High Court and the Court of Appeal and in one case in which leave to appeal to the House of Lords was successfully obtained.  Many of the cases have been pan-European and Jodie has coordinated with the legal teams in jurisdictions including the US, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Japan, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, France and Italy.  Jodie has also assisted in oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office.

 

Many of Jodie’s cases have been in the life sciences sector including inhalation anaesthetic, antibiotics, ophthalmic lenses, rheumatoid arthritis agent, transplant inhibition agent, Factor VIII blood coagulation factor and animal vaccines.

 

Jodie has also drafted and negotiated a wide range of commercial IP agreements, both standalone and in the context of M&A deals and IPOs.  

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Administration of the company is managed by Sue Gentle and Margaret Holt. Sue was employed for many years by ICI as Head of Patent Formalities and has expert knowledge of all procedural aspects of developing, acquiring and maintaining patent and designs rights around the world. Margaret is responsible for the in house information and searching activities required for patent reviews and financial matters.

Sue Gentle oversees special projects for clients including the design of patent databases and patent reviews for competitive assessment. 

Contact us 

Harpenden Office

Tel:+44 (0)1582 466 700

Fax: +44 (0)1582  709

North West Office 

Tel: +44 (0)1582 466704

Fax:+44 (0) 01582 466 709

Harpenden Office

Peter Bawden

4 The Gatehouse

2 High Street

Harpenden

Hertsfordshire

AL5 2TH, UK

North West Office

Stephen Geary

Noneley Hall

Noneley

Wem

Shropshire

SY4 55L, UK

 Mob: 07931 735229 

Email

Peter Bawden: pb@bawden.co.uk

Stephen Geary:

stepheng@bawden.co.uk