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Bill Downey Consultant


Bill Downey graduated from University College London in electrical engineering.  After leaving university, he spent a period in the hydro-electric department of a papermaking company in Quebec, Canada.  Subsequently, Bill returned to London to join a private practice firm of patent attorneys dealing with contentious and non-contentious patent and design matters mainly for a number of global companies covering a wide range of subject matter but with particular reference to electrical, electronic, electro-mechanical and mechanical fields.  He joined Wilson Gunn in 1970, qualifying as a Chartered and European Patent Attorney and also a Registered Trade Mark Attorney and European Trade Mark and Design Attorney.  Bill became a partner of Wilson Gunn in 1980 and is now a consultant.

Bill has extensive patent experience in computers and computer-related inventions.

Bill also has considerable knowledge and experience in trade mark, design and copyright matters.

Bill has significant experience in litigation and other contentious matters before the UK Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office and the Community Trade Marks Office, and in other countries.  He has lectured in the UK and abroad on intellectual property matters and has had many articles published.  He has tutored for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, the Robert Schuman University of Strasbourg European Patent Attorney Training Course and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Patent Administration Course. He is a former Chair of the Northern Branch of the Society for Computers and Law and a former Council Member of that Society.

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