Partner, Patent Attorney Southampton
Profile of Nicholas Malden

I joined D Young & Co in 2005 and became a partner in 2011. Whatever the project, I enjoy helping clients protect their ideas and turning an in-depth discussion on how their invention works into a detailed, legally sound definition of what it actually is.

I have a background in physics and electronics, and have developed particular experience in microprocessor technologies. Before I joined D Young & Co, I was a post-doctoral research associate based at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), in Hamburg, Germany, where my research included searches for exotic particle production in positron-proton and electron-proton collisions. I greatly enjoyed collaborating with a dynamic international group of scientists.

Today I’m particularly active in processor design, various computer-implemented technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), digital electronics, consumer devices and services, medical devices and industrial control devices. My clients range from individuals to global multinationals, and I frequently travel to visit them – mainly to the USA and the Far East.

I am D Young & Co’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. I have signed the IP Inclusive Senior Leaders' Pledge to demonstrate my personal commitment to improving diversity and inclusion (D&I) in our firm.


Recognised as a recommended individual by IAM Patent 1000 2024.


  • MPhys in Physics, University of Manchester, including a year at the RWTH, Aachen, Germany.
  • PhD in High Energy Physics, University of Manchester, based at DESY in Hamburg, Germany.
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (with distinction), Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Chartered Patent Attorney 2009.
  • European Patent Attorney 2009.
  • Registered representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC) 2023.


  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
  • European Patent Institute (epi).
  • International Liaison Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
  • Software Related Inventions Committee of the American Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).
The practitioners demonstrate a high level of scientific expertise and are quick to understand the key features of an invention.
IAM Patent 1000
The patent team at D Young & Co LLP is consistently excellent and is very customer focused.
Legal 500
A dynamic partnership and talented people.
IP Stars (Managing IP)
Recommended by Legal 500 2020
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