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Partner at J A Kemp
Mark Roberts handles a broad spectrum of work originating from the United Kingdom and the United States, including drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications and advising on third-party patents as part of due diligence and freedom-to-operate exercises. He has a special focus on medical devices and medical machines and acts for a number of medical technology clients. He regularly visits patent applicants and attorneys in the United States.
Mr Roberts is extremely experienced in contentious proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO) and usually attends several Opposition Division hearings each year as well as a significant number of Examining Division and Board of Appeal hearings. Mr Roberts has attended over 100 EPO hearings and has acted in a number of commercially important cases, both defending clients’ patents and attacking patents owned by competitors.
Mr Roberts has detailed knowledge of the intricacies of European patent prosecution and also chairs the group responsible within J A Kemp for monitoring and reporting on changes in IP law worldwide.
As well as European and UK patent work, Mr Roberts has substantial experience in instructing patent attorneys abroad to obtain patent protection for clients, especially in the United States, Japan, Korea and China. Mr Roberts is experienced in drafting, filing and prosecuting families of applications abroad and is able to coordinate patent filing programmes in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
Mr Roberts joined J A Kemp in 1997 and became a partner in 2007.