Meet the team

Paul HigginIP Director


  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • MSc Semiconductors
  • MA Physics

Paul leads the Hi-tech team which has been commended for its activities in automotive, electronics, mechanics and medical engineering in the Legal 500. The team has also been commended for its “strength in the telecoms and semiconductor sectors”.

Although Intellectual Property issues are often dauntingly complex, particularly in the area of high technology, Paul’s wealth of experience enables him to cut through the complex minefield of Intellectual Property issues and present clear business choices to his clients.

Paul read natural sciences at Cambridge University majoring in Experimental and Theoretical Physics and then took a post-graduate degree in Semiconductor Science and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College, London.

Paul has over 15 years' experience in the Patent profession. During this time he has worked as a Patent Attorney drafting hundreds of Patent applications and Patent oppositions and also as Senior IPR Counsel at Nokia, where he was heavily involved in Patent licensing and litigation.

Paul finds that clients value the high quality, prompt delivery and competitive prices provided by his team and also Paul’s commercial real-life experience and strategic insights. He has a very strong focus on pro-actively providing creative, relevant and understandable Intellectual Property services.

Paul has particular technical expertise in: telecommunications, electronics and microelectronics, semiconductors, software and computer systems, nanotechnology and medical devices.

Paul lives in Belper, Derbyshire, with his wife and young family.

“One of my favourite inventions is the integrated circuit, which enables millions of electronic components to be integrated into a small piece of silicon. This invention not only enabled the technological revolution but has legal interest because there was a Patent dispute over who invented it - Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments or Robert Noyce of Fairchild Semiconductor”.


  • 2018 Legal 500:"Provides honest advice and constantly strives to maintain his technical expertise up to date".
  • 2017 Legal 500:"Brings sanity and a path forward to a sometimes chaotic and constantly changing landscape".
  • 2016 Legal 500: "Excels at contentious matters such as EPO oppositions".
  • 2015 Legal 500: "Excels at contentious matters such as EPO oppositions".


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