Meet the team

Henry MakingsPatent Advisor


  • MEng Engineering
  • BA Hons. (Cantab.)

Henry is a member of the firm’s Hi-tech team which has again been praised in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500.

Henry joined Swindell & Pearson after graduating from the University of Cambridge with a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. He completed his final year MEng project in association with JCB, where he gained significant industrial experience. While at Cambridge, Henry was also awarded the BP/IET Faraday Scholarship, the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s highest Undergraduate award.

Outside of work, Henry is a keen sportsman; he mainly enjoys football, cricket and swimming but will try his hand at anything. Henry is also an enthusiastic cook and enjoys exploring the Peak District.

“A patent of particular interest to me is WO 01/41884 A1. The title of the application is ‘Video processor systems for ball tracking in ball games’ however the invention is more commonly known as Hawk-Eye. This technology forms the basis for the challenge system in tennis and the Umpire Decision Review System (DRS) in cricket. It has even been trialled for use as goal-line technology in football. I find this patent especially interesting because of the profound effect its introduction has had on such a wide range of sports, for both the players and spectators. In my mind it is a prime example of how technological developments can be used for the advancement of sport”.

Henry is on the path to becoming a qualified UK and European patent attorney.


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