European Patent Attorney
Chartered Patent Attorney
Call +44 (0) 20 7242 9984
or email James Legg here
James has a degree
in Natural Sciences (specialising in Physics) from Cambridge University. He
also has an MSc in Semiconductor Science and Technology from Imperial College,
London. Before joining Abel & Imray in 1991 he worked briefly in industry
on superconducting microcircuits.
James handles patent cases mainly in the electronics and software fields. His work has involved telecommunication technologies (including digital signal processing, channel coding and encryption, mobile phones, signal cabling connectors, ADSL and network switches (including in relation to VOIP)), general digital circuit techniques and analogue circuit techniques, power semiconductors, semiconductor fabrication, micromachine sensors and displays (Texas Instruments' deformable micromirror device), electromechanical sensors, sensor instrumentation and control engineering and personal computers. He also handles cases concerning optoelectronic materials and photonic devices. James has almost 25 years' practical experience of computer systems and programming (from 1980's assembly language to C#) and so he also enjoys cases involving any kind of software, which have ranged from instruction sets for microprocessors and compilers to automated design, bioinformatics and photocopier human interfaces. He has experience of litigation in the UK High Court (related to DRAMs) of hearings at the European Patent Office (examination, opposition and appeal) both in Munich and at the Hague, and successfully opposed the European patent for cold fusion. He has extensive experience of examination in the EPO.
He became a Partner in 1998 and is based in the firm's London office