Partner, European Patent Attorney
Emma is a member of our electronics, computing & physics and engineering teams with particular experience in the fields of optics, medical devices, computer software, nanotech and semiconductor devices. Her work encompasses patent drafting, patent prosecution at the European Patent Office and the UK Intellectual Property Office, and opposition and appeal work. Her clients include universities, start-ups and multi-nationals. She has particular experience in working with start-ups to build and manage their patent portfolios and also advises clients on freedom to operate and infringement issues.
Her technical expertise encompasses:
Emma is recognised in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500. A client describes her as ‘good on the details’. Emma has also been named a ‘rising star to watch’ by Managing Intellectual Property: IP Stars 2017.
Having spent 3 months on secondment to a US law firm in Silicon Valley, Emma has a keen interest in US patent law and enjoys helping her clients to patent their inventions stateside via US attorney contacts. She visits the US regularly and is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to issues faced by US applicants at the European Patent Office. She is also an authorised Representative before EUIPO and handles a variety of design work including invalidity applications and appeals. She is the author of a chapter on Unregistered Community Designs in the Community Design Handbook.
Emma has a MSci degree from the University of Birmingham and a PhD from the Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory, University of Birmingham on the use of femtosecond and attosecond duration laser pulses to measure electron dynamics at surfaces in real-time. Her PhD included a period spent working as a research assistant in the Quantum Optics and Laser Science group at Imperial College London as part of the UK Attosecond project.
Emma joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in 2009, qualifying as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in 2013. She joined the partnership in 2017.