Tom Catherall

M.Phys. Ph.D.

Tom Catherall joined Wilson Gunn in 2021 having entered the patent profession in 2017 with another private practice firm. Tom is training to qualify as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney.


Tom has experience working with a range of clients mainly focussed on engineering, telecommunications, microelectronics, defence, software and technology, such as in the automotive and medical industries.

Tom’s education covered a range of topics including electronics, photonics, semiconductors and healthcare. His master’s project studied the characterisation of negative refractive index plasmonic arrays and his PhD covered a broad range of disciplines including nanotechnology, graphene, semiconductor fabrication, electronics, surface chemistry, and medical sensing in order to develop and characterise advance silicon photonic “lab-on-a-chip” type sensors for application in the healthcare industry. During his PhD he also authored a peer-reviewed review on self-assembling technologies and presented his research findings at the prestigious Photonics North international conference in Ottawa.

Between his two degrees, Tom worked as a project manager and technical lead at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory as part of the Ministry of Defence. Tom also has experience working as a fellow with the University of Manchester’s intellectual property branch UMIP.


University of Manchester – M.Phys. (hons) Physics
University of Manchester – Ph.D. Nanotechnology
Bournemouth University – PGCert Intellectual Property

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