Meet the team

Robert SalesIP Director


  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Trade Mark Attorney
  • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
  • BSc Exploration Science

Robert joined the firm in 1985. A graduate in Exploration Science from the University of Nottingham, he became a partner in 1993. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and a European Patent Attorney and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.

Robert works very closely with the firm’s trade mark team which has been commended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 with “handles portfolios as well as disputes, and its clients are routinely impressed by its industry knowledge and ability to do the work”. Robert has considerable experience in assisting clients across a broad range of mechanical and chemical fields. In particular he has spent many years advising the pottery and ceramics industries in relation to all areas of Intellectual Property. He has primary responsibility for the firm’s Stoke-on-Trent office.

Outside work Robert enjoys playing and watching football, including managing Swindell & Pearson Ltd Strollers FC, a very moderate five-a-side team. He also enjoys the outdoor life, and particularly any opportunity to ascend or descend mountains, whether on foot or on skis.

“I enjoy a range of different inventions, and I never fail to be impressed by the jet engine and how it can lift me and others off the ground and transport us rapidly around the world. The ability of satellite navigation to follow me even into the smallest street in Stoke-on-Trent is also I believe a fine achievement”.


  • 2017 Legal 500: "Robert Sales ‘has the ability to pick up the technical details of the invention very quickly and therefore save valuable time in the application process".
  • 2016 Legal 500: "Clients are routinely impressed by industry knowledge and ability to do the work".


Trade Marks


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