Pete Pollard

Founder at Fireball Patents
Ranked in Netherlands
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Pete Pollard's Profile

Originally from the United Kingdom, Pete Pollard moved to the Netherlands after qualifying as an engineer. Later becoming a Dutch and European patent attorney, he spent five years in-house and 10 years in private practice. In 2017 he founded Fireball Patents in Eindhoven, an innovators hub, to better serve start-ups with a lean and dynamic structure that matches that of his clients. Fireball Patents is virtual, using automation and external specialists to limit overhead, while close collaboration with clients allows more predictable billing.

Mr Pollard is also part of IP.DESIGN, a German-Swiss IP boutique offering one-stop solutions to innovative SMEs. Since 2018, his European and PCT know-how has enriched the firm’s patent and design expertise.

The passion and creativity of his clients is reflected in Mr Pollard’s drive to find pragmatic routes to protection, such as pursuing European patents in ‘no translation’ jurisdictions, filing national applications, concentrating on US filings, treating innovations as trade secrets, or pursuing utility models and designs.

He specialises in physics, software and mechanics, with experience in data and image processing, medical devices, materials and optics. He has many years’ experience in Dutch and European prosecution, oral hearings, oppositions and appeals.

Mr Pollard has taught European patent law since 2009, specialising in PCT and European Bar (EQE) preparation. He has given lectures at Maastricht University (Netherlands) and EQELIBRIUM (Poland). He occasionally speaks on patent matters at EPO events and the INTA Annual Meeting.

He was an original tutor for the Dutch IP administrator training and passed the first exam in 2011 to become a Dutch certified formalities officer. He frequently runs courses through the German/Dutch FORUM Institute in English for IP administrators.

Mr Pollard is an author and contributor for the PCT.App and EPC.App legal reference books. IP.appify’s ingenious online platform also allows users to navigate their up-to-date legal texts and to fully customise comments.

Mr Pollard is also an EU design and trademark attorney. In addition to his native English, he is fluent in Dutch and has a working knowledge of German.

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