Owner at WP Thompson

A Patent and Trade Mark attorney and Intellectual Property litigator, my practice encompasses all physics based disciplines, in particular telecommunications; antenna design; semiconductors; optics; control systems; software; cryptography; mechanical engineering; nanotechnology; medical devices; nuclear physics, imaging; electronics and microprocessors; voice recognition, text-to-speech conversion and oil services technology. I have wide experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications for both the UK Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office, and also before patent offices throughout the world.

I also represent clients in contentious matters such as oppositions and appeals before the Patent Offices and the UK Courts; and in advisory work including infringement and validity opinions, freedom to operate opinions, due diligence investigations, IP strategy, and product clearances.

My contentious practice is enhanced by my holding a Higher Courts Litigation Certificate entitling me to conduct IP litigation in the courts. Consequently,  I have been involved in both Patents Court and Patents County Court litigation covering a wide range of technologies ranging from cryptographic key exchange architecture (Irdeto v Telewest), design methods for oil exploration drill bits (Halliburton v Smith), GPS applications (GPS Industries v Prolink), automotive manufacturing (Kuka & Thompson Friction Welding v Michael Dorsett & Magna International Inc) and biodegradeable films (Innovia Films Ltd v Fritolay North America, Inc.).  I have also represented clients in many pre-litigation matters successfully avoiding the need to bring proceedings by achieving satisfactory settlement terms by negotiation.

While an in-house patent manager I gained wide experience of the commercial and strategic value of intellectual property on a global scale and regularly advise clients on the development, exploitation and enforcement of a global intellectual property portfolio.

Cross and inter-jurisdictional issues - or “avoiding tears before bedtime”


The talk will consider some of the key issues when operating across jurisdictional boundaries, explore what the issues mean in practice and seek to offer some key tips to avoid adverse consequences of those issues.

Julian Potter, Owner at WP Thompson



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