Paul Clarkson

Paul Clarkson

Partner since 2010

British and European patent attorney

  • Electrical engineering
  • Licence agreement
  • Medical technology
  • Opposition
  • Unitary Patent
  • Mechanical engineering
Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish

Paul joined the partnership in 2010 after spending 10 years with an international IP law firm. There, he gained considerable exposure to US patent prosecution, international litigation and the IP-antitrust interface. His knowledge of both European and US procedures has proven invaluable to clients in ensuring a harmonised approach when handling key cases across different jurisdictions.


In addition to prosecution and portfolio management, his work included licence negotiation and strategic IP advice. Paul worked as an Examiner at the European Patent Office in The Hague for more than 13 years, focusing on packaging and medical device technology. He also provided expert training to overseas patent offices. 



Paul specialises in the mechanical and medical device technology. Particularly serving clients in the agricultural, medical, textile, oil exploration and consumer products segments. He enjoys being involved in challenging opposition cases where his knowledge of patent office procedures can often give an edge over the adversary. He is a qualified European and British patent attorney and he also advises on design protection and the use of trademarks in optimally exploiting IP portfolios. Paul is fluent in English, Dutch, Spanish, French and German and has extensive experience in facilitating business and conducting negotiations in an international context. 



Paul has an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University (1987). He passed the European Qualifying Examination in 1995 and obtained his Certificate in IP at the Queen Mary University of London in 2002.



  • A unitary patent: not if, but when
  • Striving for unity
  • "The Cost of Comfort". European IP update (december 2011)
  • "Suffering Considered." Patent World (October 2004). 
  • "Who Runs the European Patent Office?" Intellectual Property Newsletter (December 2003). Co-authored with Marc Broyde. 
  • "ECJ Gives Green Light to Sound Marks." Intellectual Property Newsletter (December 2003). 
  • "Backlogs Make Waves at the EPO; A Rough Ride for US Applicants." World Intellectual Property Report 12 (December 2001): 23-26. Co-authored with Noel J. Akers. 


European Patents Handbook. Sweet & Maxwell , 1990-2010, Co-authored with Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (C.I.P.A.). 

Paul is a member of The chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys UK (CIPA), the European Patent Institute (EPI) and The Litigation Commitee.

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