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Simon Davies

Partner, Patent Attorney / Southampton

Simon Davies

Practice Area

Patents - electronics, engineering & IT group


Simon is a patent attorney with strong technical expertise and a commercial focus. His practice is mainly in computing and related fields, such as electronics, telecommunications, and software applications, where he acts for a very wide range of clients, from large multinational corporations through to small start-ups and universities. Simon has extensive experience of patent filing and prosecution at the EPO and UK IPO, and has handled successful oppositions for various clients.

Prior to joining D Young & Co in 2001, Simon was a manager (and before that an attorney) in the IBM UK Intellectual Property department. In this role, Simon was involved with a wide range of practical business issues, including patent portfolio management and filing strategies, budgeting, patent licensing and exploitation, invention processing, software licensing and copyright management. He has also worked as a researcher into microwave (satellite) communications.

Simon is Chair of the Computer Technology Committee for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and has been very active in the debate surrounding the patentability of computer software, including at the European Parliament and the European Patent Office.


Recommended in his field and an 'IP Star' 2016 (Managing IP).


BA in Physics from Balliol College, Oxford University.
PhD in physics (astronomy) from Southampton University.
Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary College, University of London.
European Patent Attorney 1993.
Chartered Patent Attorney 1994.
European Design Attorney.


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
European Patent Institute (epi).
Chair of the CIPA Computer Technology Committee.
Member of the CIPA council.

Selected Publications

“Computer Program Claims”, p429-433, European Review of Intellectual Property, Vol 20, Issue 11, November 1998.
Miscellaneous conference presentations on the patentability of software and business method inventions.


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