Associate, Patent Attorney Southampton
Profile of Toby Willis

I joined the D Young & Co patent team in 2016 and became fully-qualified as both a European and Chartered patent attorney in 2021. I have a strong academic background in condensed matter physics.

I have experience in the drafting and prosecution of UK, European and foreign patent applications for a range of technologies in the fields of physics, engineering and IT.

Prior to joining D Young & Co, I completed my PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London. My doctoral research was directed towards understanding the diffusion mechanisms of ions in battery materials using Neutron and X-ray scattering in combination with computational techniques, such as density functional theory molecular dynamics. I have presented my work at international conferences.


  • MPhys in Physics, University of Southampton 2012.
  • PhD in Physics, Royal Holloway, University of London 2017.
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London.
  • Chartered Patent Attorney 2021.
  • European Patent Attorney 2021.
  • Certificate in IP litigation.
  • Registered representative before the Unified Patent Court, 2023.


  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
  • European Patent Institute (epi).


  • Willis, T.J. et al. (2018), Diffusion mechanism in the sodium-ion battery material sodium cobaltate, Scientific Reports 8, 3210.
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