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Tony Smee

Tony is a qualified Chartered and European patent attorney with over 20 years’ experience, 7 as a Partner in private practice, working in a broad range of mechanical and electrical technical fields. Excellent analytical skills and commercial awareness mean that he has wide experience of advising clients on their IP strategy, as well as leading IP due diligence and IP audits.

A commercial and pragmatic approach to IP is what characterises Tony’s advice to his clients who range from Global multinational corporations to individuals and SMEs.  He has particular experience in assisting UK based technology consultancies to develop intellectual property portfolios that support licensing strategies which enable the consultancies to grow.  This breadth of experience means that he understands that each client is unique and has different requirements from a patent attorney.

Working with investors is something that Tony has done on numerous occasions, reviewing large IP portfolios prior to investment and advising on the benefits and pitfalls of any IP strategies that exists.  This experience with investors helps to guide his advice to SMEs as they seek investment to help in building patent portfolios to support their business.

Tony handles a wide range of technical fields in the mechanical and electrical fields, but specifically include: electrical power generation equipment; micro mechanical devices; aerosols and spray devices; propellers and boat hulls; fast moving consumer goods; healthcare and medical devices including stents, dental implants, wound care products, and biopsy devices; robotic control systems; computer hardware and software; electronic drive systems; oil and gas equipment including running tools, tubing, separators, spool trees and hydraulic connectors; fuses; power tools; screw fixings; piling and underpinning systems; pumps; and agricultural machinery.

He has considerable experience in drafting original patent applications for use as first filings in various jurisdictions, including the UK, EP and US, and, as a result, has wide experience of prosecuting those application through to grant across the world. He also is very adept at efficiently handling agency work from the US, Japan, Korea and other countries and has travelled extensively, especially in the US, to develop a network of trusted local attorneys with whom he works.  Tony has plenty of experience of handling successful EPO oral proceedings both during prosecution and at opposition and appeal.

Tony Smee

Qualified 2004
Partner 2007

European Patent Attorney
Chartered Patent Attorney
European Design Attorney

MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering