Head of IP Strategy
Richard is a highly experienced and well respected IP consultant, adept at unlocking value for creative and innovative organisations.
Year joined: 2018
Qualifications: BA (Hons.), MSSc, LLB
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 an IP Manager and as a Contracts Manager. Once he began managing the IP portfolio Richard increased filings through liaison with innovators, and associated incomes, removed unused assets from, and reduced 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 began a strategic relationship with a multinational, and he negotiated a major agrochemical licence agreement. Key systems he introduced included an IP and contracts management system, >60 new contract templates, and an e-signature system. Richard also resolved a major conflict with a major U.K. health institution, a copyright dispute with a European funding body, and negotiated a path out of a patent opposition with a multinational. After Rothamsted he worked for his own IP & Contracts consulting and training firm, Totalinfo Ltd., later 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.
BA (Hons.), MSSc, LLB
Sectors & Specialisms
Over the years Richard has delivered a huge range of projects to organisations in over 40 countries. These include IP audits, competitive intelligence and IP strategy projects, basic and in-depth patent searches, detailed legal agreements, organisational change, IP management and IP training. He enjoys working with different personalities and different cultures, with small and large businesses or with governmental agencies.
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 on both IP and Contracts topics in U.K. (including as a regular speaker for PraxisUnico on their Research Contracts course), Germany, China, Brazil, South Africa and Singapore. Richard enjoys languages and speaks French, Brazilian Portuguese, and is currently starting to learn Mandarin.