Head of IP Strategy
Richard is a highly experienced and well respected manager of IP and Contracts processes, adept at delivering solutions to enable quality filings and reducing renewal costs.
Year joined: 2018
Richard began his career in Northern Ireland, after roles as a financial advisor, retail manager, he moved into the legal sector while doing his law degree, and took on work within the Northern Ireland Courts Service. Following his law degree he negotiated the contracts for all the sub-contractors involved in the building of Belfast City Airport. In 2002, he moved to the south of England, working in the legal teams of Canon, Orange, and SAS Software.
With a clear passion for innovation, new technologies and the contracts required to commercialise innovations, Richard moved into the research sector, and worked for Rothamsted Research from January 2007 to October 2015, both as a Contracts Manager and as an IP Manager. Once he began managing the IP portfolio Richard increased filings through liaison with innovators, and associated incomes, whilst reducing the per matter cost through effective outsourcing and strong management of renewals. During this time he negotiated a major agreement with EMBRAPA, was part of the team that put the Syngenta relationship in place, and he negotiated a major agrochemical licence agreement. Key systems he introduced included a database, >60 contract templates, and an e-signature system. Richard also resolved contractual conflicts with a major U.K. health institution, the JRC in Brussels, and negotiated away a patent opposition. After Rothamsted he worked for his own IP & Contracts consulting and training firm, Totalinfo Ltd., returning to the research sector in November 2016 working as a Contracts Manager for Queen’s University Belfast on short-term contract, before joining Coller IP in July 2018.
Sectors & Specialisms
Over the years Richard has delivered a huge range of contracts to organisations in over 40 countries. These range from classic collaborations to long term strategic relationships with large corporates. He has a deep experience of dealing with all personality types.
Richard has reviewed and implemented changes to both IP and Contracts processes, delivering solutions to improve them. Richard enjoys the challenges of IP management, whether it is liaising with innovators, enabling quality filings, or reducing renewal costs.
Richard is well connected internationally and has spoken many times about both IP and Contracts in U.K. (including as a regular speaker for PraxisUnico on their Research Contracts course), Germany, China, Brazil, and Singapore. Richard speaks French, Brazilian Portuguese, and is currently starting to learn Mandarin.