European intellectual property firm, Withers & Rogers, is delighted to announce the promotion of three patent attorneys to the firm’s partnership – a sign of its commitment to investing in people development and rewarding client service excellence.

Gemma McGeough joined the firm in 2015 as an experienced patent attorney, with a special interest in engineering materials. Since then, she has become a highly valued member of the firm’s Advanced Engineering Group, which is the biggest practice group of its kind in the UK. Recent client experience has expanded her knowledge of the European patent landscape targeting some key areas of materials science including metallurgy, functional coatings, and technical fabrics.

Chris Froud is a patent attorney with a keen interest in robotics and all forms of automated technology. He joined the firm in 2012 as a part-qualified UK and European patent attorney and since then he has advised clients involved in the research and development of dynamic positioning and vessel control systems, autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) and other sophisticated robotic technologies for a range of industrial applications.

With a background as an automotive engineer at Toyota, Ben Palmer joined the firm in 2018, bringing a wealth of industry experience with him. His expertise spans a wide range of automotive technologies, including those for use in the development of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) , as well as other high performance and off-highway vehicles and emission reduction systems.

Fiona McBride, Chair of Withers & Rogers, said: “All three of the new partners are very deserving indeed, having demonstrated their commitment to exceeding the expectations of their UK-based and international clients by offering them top-class strategic IP advice.

“It is always a great pleasure to make such promotions, but especially this year as we emerge from what has been a challenging trading period for many of our clients. Each of the new partners has demonstrated a commitment to supporting the continued growth of the firm and to client service excellence. Their achievements are a source of pride to us all.”

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