Intellectual property (IP) law firm UDL has further enhanced its software specialism as two new hires join its youthful and fast-growing team. Newly qualified UK Patent Attorney Dr Clare Collins and Patent Assistant Arthur Roberts are set to work with UDL’s industry-leading clients including Amazon, CyberCube, nChain, Sony Interactive Entertainment, NTT and ZTE.

Dr Clare Collins, while newly qualified, already possesses excellent experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to electronic devices, medical devices, computer-implemented inventions, mathematics and gaming. With a physics background and PhD in engineering from University of Cambridge, Clare brings broad spectrum of experience to UDL’s software team.

With a background in electrical and electronic engineering, Arthur Roberts joins UDL as a New Zealand-qualified Patent Attorney, specialising in blockchain, cybersecurity, gaming and immersive technologies. Having worked in-house at a technology transfer business and in private practice in New Zealand, Arthur truly understands the nuances of technology development from a business perspective, especially for start-ups. He brings this unique hands-on expertise in commercialising software to the team at UDL.

Karen Fraser, Partner and head of UDL’s software team, says: ”I’m delighted that Clare and Arthur have joined our young and dynamic team of software patent experts. They are already producing work of exceptional quality and impressing clients with their drafting skills, adding real value to my team. Clare and Arthur have dived straight into their work on cutting-edge technologies within the blockchain, gaming and cybersecurity spaces with ease. It’s great to be working with such brilliant, personable and fun team members.”

Clare and Arthur will play a key role in supporting UDL’s industry-leading expertise in blockchain technologies. UDL’s software team has drafted and prosecuted a vast number of patent applications directed to inventions that exploit the software and mathematics underlying blockchain technology and cryptographic techniques. UDL is regarded as one of the top firms in Europe when it comes to patenting technologies relating to cryptography, mathematics and blockchain.

About UDL’s software team

With a broad range of skills and specialisms, UDL’s software team boasts computer scientists, mathematicians and physicists, as well as pure software experts. An industry leader in patenting blockchain technologies, UDL’s breadth of experience covers technology sectors as diverse as automotive, cryptography, cybersecurity, electronics, games, healthcare, telecoms and immersive technologies.

The team is led by Karen Fraser, a Legal 500-recommended expert in patenting computer-implemented inventions, including those relating to blockchain, cryptography and cryptocurrency. She has been instrumental in managing some of the firm’s major clients and winning new business over the past 12 months. Karen manages UDL’s work for nChain, one of the world’s largest patent filers of blockchain-related technologies.

UDL’s software team works across diverse areas of blockchain technology including cryptographic security, data sharing, signature schemes, smart contracts and cryptocurrency transactions. UDL truly understands network platforms, protocols and the software aspects of blockchain technology, evident in its experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to scripting techniques, digital wallets, compilers and much more.

Over the years UDL has worked for the largest multinational software companies, SMEs, universities and start-ups to implement and deliver sensible and IP strategies, always with a commercial focus. Other technologies it works with include fintech, cybersecurity, AI, telecoms, CODECs, apps, bioinformatics and Computer Assisted Surgery.

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About UDL

UDL is a leading UK-based IP firm, working across a wide range of sectors including automotive and engineering; chemistry and materials; consumer brands; life sciences and health; and software and technology.

Established over 140 years ago, we specialise in British, European and international patent, trade mark, design and copyright law, from strategy, filing and prosecution through to disputes and litigation. We operate from a network of offices across the UK and Ireland, with headquarters in Leeds and London.

Our team advises over 2,000 clients in the UK and overseas including small, medium and large businesses, organisations, universities and research bodies.

We’re proud to work with some of the world’s leading companies, including Benchmark Holdings, DePuy, Hermès International S.A., Hitachi, JD Sports, Konica Minolta, Lidl, LV=, Maybourne Hotel Group (luxury hotel group — Claridge’s, The Connaught, The Berkeley) and Stanley Black & Decker.

We are recommended by The Legal 500, IP Stars, World Intellectual Property Review, World Trademark Review and IAM Patent 1000, and we are one of the Financial Times’ Leading European Patent Law Firms.

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