Partner at Haseltine Lake LLP
James Ward acts for clients in patent prosecution, opposition and advisory matters across a diverse range of technologies. These include optoelectronic and semiconductor devices, mobile telecoms, audio and video processing, in-car electronics, industrial robots and computer numerical control machines, printing technologies and steel processing.
Based in Haseltine Lake’s Munich office, Mr Ward regularly attends oral proceedings at the EPO before the first-instance Examining and Opposition Divisions, as well as before the Board of Appeal. Opposition proceedings form a significant part of his practice, in which he acts for both opponents and patentees.
The technologies in which Mr Ward has acted in opposition proceedings include 3D printers, sensors for deep-sea fishing gear, firefighter safety equipment, television programme guides, television audience measurement systems, injection moulding machines, DVD technologies, fax and email devices, telephone routing and recording systems, intravascular stents, razors and microelectromechanical devices.
Mr Ward also has experience of conducting freedom-to-operate studies, assessing competitor patents with regard to infringement risks and validity and reviewing patents ahead of purchase.
Mr Ward has presented seminars in both Japan and the United States on European patent prosecution and opposition practice.
During his training, Mr Ward completed a secondment at a major US patent law firm, where he gained valuable experience of US patent prosecution practice.
Mr Ward joined Haseltine Lake in 2002 after graduating from the University of Oxford with a master’s in physics. He is a UK, Irish and European patent attorney. Mr Ward also has a diploma in European patent litigation from the University of Strasbourg, Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies.