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Nick Reeve


Reddie & Grose

Nick Reeve is a partner with Reddie & Grose. Nick joined Reddie & Grose in 1999 was made a partner in 2005. Nick primarily handles patent applications relating to electronics, electrical devices and computer implemented inventions.

Nick has particular expertise drafting and prosecuting applications relating to sensing and control devices, semiconductor technology and power amplifiers. He has an in-depth knowledge of the patentability and enforcement issues surrounding digital media and telecommunication technologies, and software and business method inventions.

Nick routinely advises clients on patent searching and due diligence matters, as well as infringement and validity issues posed by third party patents.

Nick has considerable experience handling EPO oppositions and appeals relating to a wide range of technologies, such as data centre equipment, optical communications equipment, medical devices, and wind turbines In connection with the UK courts, he regularly advises on patent infringement, validity issues, and freedom to operate matters He has also supported clients in patent disputes concerning generator connection to the national grid, display devices for underground platforms, and game controllers.

Nick is a fluent Japanese speaker and before joining the firm spent a year in the Nagasaki prefecture of Japan. On returning to London, he continued his language education and has twice participated in the finals of the Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese.

In the office, he acts as client liaison with the firm’s Japanese clients, and gives lectures on Japanese Patent Law at Queen Mary University. He has also lectured and written a number of related publications on the patentability of software and business methods in the UK and Europe.

Recent Articles by Nick Reeve

The UK Supreme Court DABUS Decision: The End or Just a Bump in the Road for AI Inventors?

As reported on IPWatchdog, the UK Supreme court recently ruled that a trained neural network (an Artificial Intelligence known as DABUS) could not be listed as the inventor on two patent applications filed by Dr. Stephen Thaler at the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). As a result, the two applications were treated as withdrawn for failing to comply with the requirements of the UK Patents Act 1977. This not a surprising decision for reasons that will be set out below, and it is consistent both with the earlier UK court decisions, and with the decisions of other jurisdictions around the world where Dr. Thaler has argued his case. The decision has, however, sparked interest in the questions of artificial intelligence and its ability both to “autonomously” devise inventions and to subsequently own them.