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Andrew Somerville

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Andrew is an experienced British Chartered and European Patent Attorney, and EPO opposition specialist, with a zeal for excellence and extensive experience in patent prosecution and opposition procedure before the British and European Patent Offices across a broad range of electromechanical technologies.


Andrew benefits from lengthy employment tenures at leading British and German Intellectual Property firms providing extensive experience in serving American and Japanese corporate clients in patent drafting, prosecution and post grant contentious proceedings before the EPO. This includes five years in the London and Munich offices of one of the largest and most successful practices in Europe, offering numerous visits to the Munich-based headquarters of the European patent office in respect of prosecution and opposition Oral Proceedings.

Andrew has particular technical experience in respect of medical devices, computer-implemented inventions including 3GPP/LTE standards essential patents, and turbochargers.

Andrew has been commended for his tenacity and effectiveness in handling both offensive and defensive oppositions at the EPO in technical fields including medical devices and turbochargers having achieved numerous successful outcomes.

Andrew has developed software to mine insightful patent data from the EPO Patent Register using the EPO Open Patent Services API. This can be useful for patent landscaping and competitor monitoring.


Andrew has an M.A./M.Eng. degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, has acquired a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary, University of London and successfully completed a litigation skills course in London. Andrew is an IMechE Whitworth Scholar and received industrial sponsorship from British defence technology company QinetiQ to undertake his Engineering degree, providing industrial experience in signal processing for medical, radar and aeronautical applications and the opportunity to complete a Master’s thesis in collaboration between QinetiQ and the Cambridge University Engineering department on the detection of wing-tip vortices using LIDAR.


Andrew enjoys politics, whisky - being Edinburgh born - and walking his dog in the countryside.

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