Steve joined the IPO in 1991 and has held a number of operational and tribunal roles within the IPO. These roles covered patents, trade marks and designs, including as a Principal Hearing Officer deciding trade mark disputes.
Steve has also worked on a wide range of IP policy issues as Deputy Director of the International and Copyright and IP Enforcement Directorates. He has extensive experience of EU and international negotiations and was Head of the UK Delegation to the Beijing and Marrakesh Diplomatic Conferences. He was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit (2004) and HM Treasury (2006), working on the Gowers Review of IP.
Since September 2013 Steve has been the Director of Tribunals, Trade Marks and Designs.
Steve has an LLB (Hons).
Divisional Director, Trade Marks, Tribunals and Designs
The role is responsible for the provision of the Office’s tribunal and mediation services and the delivery of the trade mark and design service. In addition, it has responsibility for domestic, EU and international policy concerning trade marks and designs.