Published May 2, 2024

Haseltine Lake Kempner (HLK), the intellectual property firm, has promoted Michael Ford to partner with effect from 1 May 2024.

Based in the firm’s Glasgow office, Ford is a dual-qualified UK and European patent attorney who primarily works with clients in the chemistry and life sciences sector. He has substantial experience in patent drafting and prosecution, freedom-to-operate analysis, and EPO oppositions, working with organizations local to Scotland as well as global corporations.

With a DPhil in Materials Science and a member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3), Ford also co-leads the firm’s interdisciplinary Materials team. He regularly writes articles for Materials World magazine, often presents on HLK webinars, and delivers workshops to members of the Converge network, which works with spinout companies from all of Scotland’s universities. Last year, he was recognized as a Rising Star by Managing IP.

Ford said: “I am delighted to become a partner at HLK and I am extremely grateful for the support and mentorship I have received since joining the firm. I look forward to the further expansion of the Materials team and our Glasgow office while continuing to provide the best possible service for clients at home and abroad.”

Magnus Johnston, fellow partner in the firm’s Glasgow office, commented: “We’re thrilled that Michael has been promoted to partner. He has played a significant role in the growth of our Glasgow office and has been a huge asset for the wider firm for a number of years.

“We know how much our clients and colleagues value his expertise, as well as his calm and friendly manner. We look forward to many more years working with Michael as he continues his development.

HLK’s presence in Scotland has expanded rapidly since the Glasgow office’s initial launch, which saw them moving to new premises on the city’s Bothwell Street in 2023. 

Ford’s promotion to partner is HLK’s most recent senior promotion. It follows an array of promotions across the business over the past year, recognizing the value and contribution made by HLK’s teams of professionals to their continuing success.

Michael Ford

Michael Ford

Partner, HLK

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