Meet The Team

EurIng Andy Leppard
Director

andy.leppard@script-ip.com
+44 (0) 1373 753 010

Academic and Research Background

Following the award of a government sponsorship for his university studies and graduation, Andy pursued a successful 10 year career in electronic engineering with both UK and international organisations. His work involved research & design, as well as the management of multinational projects.

Professional Experience

Andy joined the patent profession in 1999. He began his career at D Young & Co training as a patent attorney, before joining K.R.Bryer & Co. in 2006. He co-founded Script IP in 2012.

Andy has conducted successful oral proceedings in the European patent office before the Examining Division, Opposition Division and the Board of Appeal. Andy has also conducted litigation of various IP rights. In addition, Andy has accumulated considerable experience of both UK and European designs.

Andy's clients have included blue chip technology companies; UK, US, French, Chinese and Japanese corporations; SMEs, universities and individual inventors. Andy has experience of the differing requirements across the complete spectrum of clients from individual inventors to international corporations.

Andy is an Examiner for the Patent Examination Board, which is the body responsible for assessing candidates for entry onto the official Register of Patent Attorneys in the United Kingdom.

Andy regularly lectures on external courses and seminars. In particular he delivers courses for trainee patent attorneys preparing for their qualifying examinations, which include the United Kingdom examination "Final Diploma Paper 4" (Patent Infringement and Validity), as well as the European examinations for "Patent Drafting" and "Patent Amendment". He also provides training courses on behalf of Management Forum for other IP professionals, such as "A Practical Introduction to International Patent Law and Practice". Andy is a visiting lecturer on Patent Law at Exeter University Law School.

Memberships

  • Member of European Patent Institute (epi)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Professional Representative before OHIM
  • Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (formerly the Institute of Electrical Engineers - IEE)
  • Member of the Engineering Council
  • Member of Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs

Qualifications

  • European Patent Attorney
  • UK Patent Attorney
  • European Design Attorney
  • Chartered Engineer
  • Registered European Engineer
  • Post graduate certificate in IP Law, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
  • Master's Degree in Strategic Studies, King's College, University of London, UK
  • Honours Degree in Electronics & Semiconductors, Salford University, UK

Expertise

  • Electronic engineering
  • Hardware and software engineering
  • Analogue & digital electronics
  • Digital audio and video
  • Microprocessor architectures
  • Peripherals & memory devices
  • Wired and wireless telecommunications systems
  • Semiconductors
  • Consumer electronics
  • Secure networks and financial systems
  • Data processing techniques
  • Software
  • Imaging technologies
  • Autonomous guidance & control systems

We have been particularly impressed by Andy’s ability to quickly understand the detail and relevance of patent claims, regardless of the technology or field involved, and to clearly present opinions and advice in an easily understood manner.

Matt Quartley, Managing Director, Valeport Ltd