Robert Watson is a UK and European Patent Attorney. He is a partner of the UK firm, Mewburn Ellis LLP, where he has worked since 1995, having gained a 1st class degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. Robert handles patent work in chemistry and materials with particular experience in the pharmaceutical, industrial chemistry and nanotech sectors. He has also extensive experience with industrial designs. In the pharmaceutical sector he advises on the protection of drugs from initial discovery, through commercialisation to approval, including patent term extensions. In the nanotech sector, he has advised on novel nanoscale materials, and novel methods of producing graphene. He has helped numerous clients through due diligence associated with investment and acquisition.
Robert has over 20 years of experience as a professional representative at the EUIPO (1999 to 2020).
Robert is currently Vice-President of FICPI’s Work and Study Commission (CET). He was previously chair of the International Designs study group, and was president of FICPI-UK (the UK national group of FICPI) from 2011 to 2015. He has represented FICPI on working meetings at the UKIPO, EPO, EUIPO and WIPO, as well as meeting with offices and law makers globally. He is also a member of the Designs and Copyright committee of CIPA.
European Patent Attorney
1st class degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford
Experience & Qualifications
- Industrial chemistry and chemical engineering
- Materials; polymer science
- IP due diligence
- Patent drafting
- Patent oppositions
- Patent prosecution
- Registered design prosecution
Roles in FICPI
- Vice President
CET Group 2 is FICPI’s research authority on Design protection. Its main objective is to promote the discussion of the trending topics concerning Industrial Designs in different parts of the world, either in national or international level. CET 2’s body of experts are encouraged to bring to the awareness of the group of new guidelines or positions of different Offices that might affect how designs are protected, in which case CET 2 actively seeks to promote a dialogue with the register authority in order to assure that the views of the Practitioners worldwide is heard. In sum, the CET 2 Group should always be a leader, getting out in front of all issues concerning Design matters.
- Appointed Member