Dr Alicia Instone, Cleveland Scott York
Alicia graduated from the University of Leeds with an honours degree in Colour and Polymer Chemistry and was awarded a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry for her research in the area of photochromics.
Currently, Alicia works particularly in the fields of chemistry, dyes and pigments photochromic materials, medical devices, laboratory consumables, traffic control, oil & gas and natural sciences in general.
Alicia is a Chartered Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney and a Chartered UK Trade Mark Attorney, having won the Payne/Bennett Memorial Award for scoring the highest mark in the UK for one of her Final Trade Mark examination papers.
Alongside sitting on the Council for the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ as Vice President and being an active member of their Trade Marks and Business Practice Committees as well as being Chair of their Design & Copyright Committee, Alicia also sits on the Council of FICPI-UK as treasurer.
Matthew Ridley, Boult Wade Tennant
Matthew is a Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney and European Design Attorney in the Engineering and Designs Group.
Matthew’s practice involves advising on patent matters in the field of engineering and on design matters for a diverse range of products. He regularly drafts and prosecutes patent and design applications in the UK, Europe and internationally. A significant part of Matthew’s practice also involves advising on the validity and infringement of both patents and designs.
Matthew is also very active outside of his client advisory role. He is the head of the firm’s Practice Committee, overseeing internal and external procedures to ensure the firm’s compliance with changes in law and practice. He is a member of both the CIPA Designs & Copyright Committee and the Council of the British Group of Union IP. He also updates the invalidity chapter of The CITMA & CIPA Community Designs Handbook and has presented on designs at the Management Forum Annual Update for Senior Trade Mark & Design Administrators for several years.