D Young & Co’s patent group welcomes new partner hire James Cornford

D Young & Co LLP is pleased to announce the recruitment of Partner James Cornford to the firm’s electronics, engineering & IT patent group.

Based at the D Young & Co’s thriving Southampton office, James joins the firm during a sustained period of growth in response to the needs of our clients. James brings an exceptional background and experience in the electronics and mechanical engineering sectors, specializing in 3D printing, agricultural systems, digital watermarking, medical devices, VR systems and wearables. He also has a particular interest in supporting sustainable technologies such as recyclable packaging and renewables – including heat pumps and solar-powered steam generators.

James represents clients before the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) in prosecution, opposition and appeal proceedings.

Dr Jonathan DeVile, D Young & Co Chair and a leading Partner in the firm’s electronics, engineering & IT group, comments: “This is an exhilarating time of growth for the firm and so a great time for James to join us. Our patent team is going from strength to strength and James’ expertise in mechanical engineering patent matters is in high demand by our clients. I am delighted to welcome James to the partnership.”

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About the D Young & Co patent group

D Young & Co has one of the most respected and largest patent teams in Europe, providing a full range of patent services including patent drafting, filing and prosecution, and representing clients at oppositions and appeals. Attorneys are highly qualified in a broad range of technological fields and often either worked in industry or with in-house legal departments and so have a truly commercial perspective:

About D Young & Co

D Young & Co is a leading intellectual property law firm with offices in London, Munich and Southampton. Clients are diverse and international, including academic institutions, blue-chip and global organisations, research institutes, start-up companies and SMEs, and spanning all industry sectors and technologies. The firm is ranked as a top tier IP firm by The Legal 500, Chambers UK, World Trade Mark Review (WTR 1000), IAM Patent 1000, IP Stars (Managing IP) and the Financial Times.