Dr Howard Sands

Partner

+44 (0)20 7430 7500

Salisbury Square House
8 Salisbury Square
London
EC4Y 8AP

My patent work mainly includes software and business method patents across different industries, including telecommunications, scientific instruments, and financial services where many inventions are computer-implemented. This marries up very well with my skill set and experience as a management consultant in financial services and a science background.

The work can be complex, but I enjoy the challenge of talking to engineers and scientists and translating their complex software products and systems into a patent document that is both commercially useful and captures patentable subject-matter. I get a great sense of achievement in arriving at a form of words to present to the Patent Office that captures the essence of an invention.

I am honoured to work with some extremely bright people who are at the top of their field, which pushes me to constantly develop my own skillset. My experience in having worked in a management consultant capacity within financial services has been invaluable. Having technical experience in banking and IT together with my strong scientific background means that I am used to understanding new technologies and recent developments critical to the world economy.

I enjoy working both with large corporate clients and smaller start-ups. Young, dynamic companies may have their whole business built on just two or three very important cases. Having very good patent protection is especially important for those clients in order to attract investment or deter competitors, and providing the support that they need provides me with great satisfaction.

During my career, I’ve witnessed the computing world change dramatically and it’s really fascinating to see new inventions – often before anyone else does. I take pride in supporting my clients as they grow and develop new ideas – from new advertisement software to methods of data transfer in a 6G network.

“Young, dynamic companies may have their whole business built on just two or three very important cases and providing the support that they need is something that provides me with great satisfaction.”

Recent experience

Preparing patent applications for a leading client in the field of machine vision and artificial intelligence.

Preparing and filing patent applications for AudioMob in the field of AdTech to support a fast growing business.

Qualifications

  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary College, the University of London
  • PhD Physics, University of Leeds
  • BSc (Hons) Physics with Electronics and Instrumentation, University of Leeds

Sectors

Artificial intelligence and machine learning

Communications and networks

  • Cloud computing
  • Internet of things (IOT)
  • Wired and wireless networks

Computing and software

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Blockchain and distributed ledgers
  • Computer games
  • Data and software security, cryptography and digital rights management (DRM)
  • FinTech and AdTech
  • Machine vision
  • Multimedia, audio/video processing and animation
  • Natural language processing
  • Software applications and systems, mobile applications, user interfaces
  • Communications and networks

Electronics and electrical devices

  • Computer and IT architecture and system design
  • Optics
  • Scientific instruments
  • Testing systems, control systems, signal processing

Biotechnology

  • Bioinformatics

Memberships

  • CIPA
  • EPI
  • IET
  • Institute of Physics
  • UNION