Partner, Patent Attorney Southampton
Profile of Darren Lewis

With a background in physics, I’ve always been excited by new science. Supporting clients’ expansion as they develop and launch new products is one of the best aspects of my job.

I became a partner at D Young & Co in 2010. Before entering the patent profession in 2001, I spent ten years working in academia. My main interests there included the design, construction and deployment of astronomical instruments; image and time series analysis techniques; spacecraft operations at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; plus undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Drawing on my technical expertise in a wide range of physics, electronics and mechanical subjects, I draft patent applications for worldwide prosecution, direct and coordinate patent prosecution strategies in different jurisdictions as well as undertaking opposition work. In addition, I regularly advise on infringement and validity issues, freedom to operate analyses and due diligence exercises.

My clients range from individuals to large corporations – extending into aerosol delivery systems, mobile telecommunications, embryology, the oil industry, radiation detection, capacitive sensing, optical devices and medical imaging. I really value developing close working relationships with my clients. This allows me to fully understand their business IP needs and advise them in a commercially relevant way.


  • Patent attorney with technical speciality (electronics), Juve Patent, UK 2022.


  • BSc in Physics with Astrophysics and PhD in Experimental Physics, University of Birmingham.
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Chartered Patent Attorney 2005.
  • European Patent Attorney 2006.


  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
  • European Patent Institute (epi).
  • European Practice Committee of the American Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).
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Talented patent attorneys with scientific backgrounds in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics and engineering.
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