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Associate - Patents
Chartered Patent Attorney
European 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, having joined Maucher Jenkins in 2017 and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney in March 2020, winning a CIPA prize for the highest mark in the patent drafting paper. He qualified as a European Patent Attorney in June 2021.
John has experience of in-house invention harvesting and patent drafting following a secondment to a fuel cell technology company. He also has experience in prosecution and drafting of patent applications relating to wireless communications (including LTE/5G), mobile telephone apps, fuel cells and batteries, and computer programs in fields such as virtual reality (VR), cyber security, and financial and betting platforms.
John has a first class honours degree in Physics (MPhys) from the University of Warwick and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews in Surface Science. In his doctoral studies, he developed methods for the calibration of microcantilever sensors primarily for use in atomic force microscopy. In 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.
‘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.
Away from work John enjoys tennis, mountaineering, hiking, cycling and motorsport.