Saiful Khan

Partner at Potter Clarkson LLP

With over 20 years’ IP experience encompassing both in-house and private practise Saiful Khan brings a wealth of expertise in leading Potter Clarkson LLP’s electronics and computing department. He is adept at devising and implementing global patent strategies and representing his clients’ interests before the EPO.

Dr Khan has conducted interviews with USPTO examiners, and his work has been used in successful global patent licensing discussions. He conducts opinion work and has represented the interests of a leading global patent owner in face-to-face patent assertion discussions. His direct client base includes large multinational, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises and individual inventors.

In addition to being a tutor for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ oral proceedings course, Dr Khan devises and delivers workshops on various aspects of UK and European patent law throughout the world. He is a frequent speaker at events and regularly represents the UK and European profession at international gatherings. He has been appointed to Patent Lawyer’s editorial board and highlighted in various reviews, including MIP and IAM. Most recently in the 2018 edition of the IAM Patent 1000, he was recognised for being “technically very capable, quick to learn new technologies, and diligent, knowledgeable and thorough in every aspect of the patenting process”. It was also noted that “communication with him is always easy, direct and open; as a result, clients can work closely with him to achieve the best results”.

Dr Khan is a qualified chartered engineer with a doctorate in materials science from the University of Cambridge and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Imperial College London. He won industrial support for his undergraduate degree and spent two years working on an oil refinery for Mobil Oil Corporation. His doctoral research was also supported by industry (British Gas).

Dr Khan entered the patent profession in 1998, joining a large private practice firm in London. After three years, he joined Nokia Corporation, where he progressed to IP rights portfolio manager (audio-visual technology) before joining Potter Clarkson in 2004.

IAM says

The “knowledgeable, talented and persuasive” Saiful Khan is “one of the top strategists in the IP industry”. “He provides thoughtful and effective strategy, and on top of that is always pleasant. He excels at technically challenging work.”


  • Defensive patent aggregation
  • IP management consultancy
  • Legal
  • Licensing

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Potter Clarkson LLP
The Belgrave Centre
Talbot Street
Nottingham NG1 5GG
United Kingdom

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