Dan Wellburn helps our clients to navigate and get the best out of the European, UK and PCT patent systems. His day-to-day work includes the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in the high-tech sector, particularly in the fields of displays, optics & photonics, electromagnetic devices, medical devices, and home appliances. Dan also has experience in providing UK infringement risk and validity assessments for informing high-stakes commercial decisions, and in contentious work before the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office. He manages multijurisdictional patent families and works with large European and UK patent portfolios. His clients include pioneering start-ups, world-class universities and instantly recognisable multinational corporations.
Dan is a European and UK Patent Attorney and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London. His technical qualifications include a First Class Honours degree in Physics and a PhD in Applied Physics from a Russell Group university.
Prior to working in intellectual property, Dan designed a laser beam shaping device which is now the subject of a granted patent. In his time in academia, he authored several research articles published in scientific journals and conference proceedings. His postdoctoral work also included overseeing the delivery of a £1m EU knowledge exchange project in laser applications and the development of laser materials processing machines and components from concept to market introduction. His experience as an inventor and in an industrial R&D setting give him a rare perspective as a patent attorney, particularly on issues relating to the conception and growth of technology.
European Patent Attorney
Chartered UK Patent Attorney
PGCert, Intellectual Property Law – Queen Mary University of London
PhD, Applied Physics – The University of Liverpool
BSc, Physics (First Class Honours) – The University of Liverpool
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)
The Society for Junior IP practitioners (IPSoc)