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
Nicholas Malden can be relied on to draft meticulous patent applications that showcase a real understanding of the invention.
IAM Patent 1000
The patent team at D Young & Co LLP is consistently excellent and is very customer focused.
Legal 500
Recommended by Legal 500 2020
Legal 500
Nicholas Malden focuses his practice on processor design, computer-implemented technologies, AI and more. He deftly crosses technical disciplines.
IAM Patent 1000
One of Nicholas Malden’s strong points is his remarkable international network, part of which comes from his time serving on the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ international liaison committee and a research stint in Germany. 
IAM Patent 1000
For microelectronics, computer parts and general physics, Nicholas Malden is an excellent choice.
IAM Patent 1000
With a background in electronics and a PhD in high-energy physics, Nicholas Malden is a valued adviser to companies across Europe, the United States and the Far East in fields such as processor design and computer-implemented technologies.
IAM Patent 1000
A dynamic partnership and talented people.
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