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Dr. John Parkin

Associate - Patents

Chartered Patent Attorney

PhD in Surface Science, University of St Andrews; First class honours degree in Physics (MPhys), University of Warwick



John is an Associate in the Patents team based in the Farnham office.


John graduated from the University of Warwick with a first class honours degree in Physics (MPhys) in 2009. Following this John completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews in Surface Science (2013) during which he developed several methods for the calibration of microcantilever sensors primarily for use in atomic force microscopy.


During subsequent postdoctoral research John used a range of surface analytical techniques to analyse ultrathin organic monolayer films (self-assembled monolayers) on semiconductor materials for use in micro- and nano-electromechanical systems (MEMs and NEMs).


His PhD and postdoctoral research led to the publication of multiple scientific papers, presentations at conferences both in the UK and internationally, and the filing of a patent application.


With a desire to apply his technical expertise outside the confines of academia, John joined Maucher Jenkins in 2017 and completed his qualification as a Chartered Patent Attorney in March 2020. On passing his exams, John was awarded a CIPA prize for Patent Drafting on achieving the highest mark in the patent drafting paper.


In 2017 John completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London and is currently training towards qualification as a European Patent Attorney.




Direct Organocatalytic Enantioselective Functionalization of SiOx Surfaces’, J.D. Parkin, R. Chisholm,  A.B. Frost, R.G. Bailey,  A.D. Smith, and  G. Hähner, Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57 (2018) 9377-9381.


'Isothiourea mediated organocatalytic Michael addition lactonisation on a surface: modification of SAMs on silicon oxide substrates', R. Chisholm, J.D. Parkin, A.D. Smith and G. Hähner, Langmuir 32 (2016) 3130-3138.


'Contact-free experimental determination of the static flexural spring constants of cantilever sensors using a microfluidic force tool', J.D. Parkin and G. Hähner, Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 7 (2016) 492-500.


'Calibration of the torsional and lateral spring constants of cantilever sensors', J.D. Parkin and G. Hähner, Nanotechnology 25 (2014) 225701.


'Determination of the spring constants of the higher flexural modes of microcantilever sensors', J.D. Parkin and G. Hähner, Nanotechnology 24 (2013) 065704.


'Mass determination and sensitivity based on resonance frequency changes of the higher flexural modes of cantilever sensors', J.D. Parkin and G. Hähner, Rev. Sci. Instrum., 82(3) (2011) 035108.


'Torsional and lateral stiffness measurement'. J.D. Parkin and G. Hähner (2012). Application number 13750924.6.


Interests outside work:


Away from work John enjoys tennis, mountaineering, hiking, cycling and motorsport.


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