Tony spent 12 years at Motorola, formerly as a Research engineer and later as Research Project Manager in Motorola‘s European Research Laboratory. Whilst working in Motorola’s Research dept., he was named as an inventor on more than twenty patent applications that have subsequently been granted. Latterly Tony‘s role within Motorola was as EMEA Patent Portfolio Manager for Motorola’s communications-related technologies, strategically creating and managing a substantial patent portfolio in key technology areas, implementing and refining supporting patent procurement programmes, and proactively developing significant licensing opportunities. As Patent Portfolio Manager, Tony was also heavily involved in a number of Patent License negotiations, US and European Litigation, European Patent Office Oppositions (both enforcing and defensive) and instigating and holding Advanced Inventing sessions and Product sweeps for key technology areas. Furthermore, Tony benefited from hands-on experience in a broad range of technologies across all of Motorola’s businesses, including all aspects of wireless telecommunications, software processes and applications, circuit design, video/image/speech processing, embedded architectures, data communication systems, internet-based technologies and protocols, semiconductor technology, cryptography, manufacturing processes, etc.
After leaving Motorola in 2000, Tony was a partner in an internet-based Private Practice firm with responsibility for creating and managing patent portfolios for a number of International Organisations patent portfolios.
Tony acts in an Of Counsel capacity for the firm and his work involves a large amount of original patent drafting, prosecution of patent applications in various jurisdictions, and advising a wide variety of clients on all aspects of Patent Law, particularly focusing on the development of a strategic and valuable patent portfolio for those clients. His work also involves European Patent Office Oppositions, US and UK High Court Litigation and due Diligence. Tony has written a number of articles and presented at International Conferences on the subject of Patent Portfolio Management.