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Dr. Robert B. Franks

European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney

Robert founded Franks & Co in May 1996. He has over 25 years experience in general patent and trade mark agency, covering a wide range of generalist technologies, and the whole gamut of intellectual property including patents, designs, trade marks, copyright and licensing.

Robert read Electronics and Electrical Engineering at Kings College London, then gained his MSc in Microwaves and Optics at University College London followed by a PhD in Semiconductor Technology at the University of Sheffield.

Industrial and research experience includes working for British Aerospace and General Electric Company in addition to industry focused University based research. He has published papers on GaAIAs/GaAs III-V materials, photo-detectors, and optical fibre systems.

Robert is a representative before the UK Patent Office, UK Trade Marks Registry, UK Designs Registry, European Patent Office, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

A major part of Robert's practice is representing large US, Japanese and far Eastern corporations before the European Patent Office, and servicing the ever increasing demand from abroad for high quality representation before the EPO.

In the field of patents, Robert is experienced in computer software and hardware, business methods, electronics, telecommunications and electrical engineering. He serves on the Computer Technology Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents.

Robert also has a wide range of general experience acquired over the years, including in the fields of building products, control, medical devices, civil engineering, fluid motors, automotive engineering, mechanical handling equipment, oil and gas, retail point of sale equipment, sensors, transport, health, robotics and consumer durables.

Robert is qualified in civil litigation and has experience with litigating of twelve trade mark, copyright and design cases in the UK High Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), as well as additional oppositions and oral proceedings at the European Patent Office and the UK Trade Marks Registry. Robert serves on the Special Interest Group for Patent Litigators, of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents.

For Trade Marks, Robert has over 27 years experience in the filing and prosecution of UK, European, International and foreign trade mark applications for well known high street brands including those in the domestic home appliance and sanitation industries and retail as well as for a wide range of smaller and medium size companies, and has experience of managing worldwide trade marks portfolios for several well known brands.

Robert is also active in the securing and enforcement of registered and unregistered design rights, in the UK, and abroad.

Robert is a Chartered Engineer (C Eng). Robert is also a European Engineer (Eur Ing). Robert is a Director of Franks & Co Limited and Franks & Co (South) Limited.


  • Patent Attorney Litigator (UK)
  • International Trade Mark Attorney (WIPO)
  • European Trade Mark Attorney (EUIPO)
  • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney (UK)
  • International Design Attorney (WIPO)
  • European Design Attorney (EUIPO)
  • Chartered Patent Attorney (UK)
  • Registered Patent Attorney (UK)
  • European Design Attorney (EUIPO)

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Tel +44 114 249 9888
Dr Robert Franks