James Knowles is a Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney, European Trade Mark and Design Attorney with nearly 20 years’ experience in intellectual property.
James has a degree in chemistry and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Exeter, UK. After postdoctoral work in polymers, materials and environmental chemistry, he worked as a research scientist for Pilkington plc before moving to the in-house patent department at Pilkington. James subsequently worked for 10 years at a private practice firm as a patent attorney and partner before moving back to corporate practice at 3M in the UK. He set up Atherton Knowles in July 2014.
James won the Moss prize for the examinations of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys in 1998. He qualified as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney in 2002. James is a trade mark and design representative before OHIM (the European Union trade marks and designs office).
James has a wide technical expertise including in chemistry, materials technology, textile technology, polymer technology, food science, metallurgy and pharmaceuticals. He has extensive experience of prosecuting patent applications before the UK and European Patent Offices and in other jurisdictions and in successfully opposing granted European patents. James has appeared in many hearings before the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal of the EPO.
James was a visiting lecturer of the University of Westminster and regularly gives lectures and workshops on intellectual property protection.