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Although Ilya now leads teams cost-effectively managing substantial portfolios numbering tens, hundreds or even thousands of patents for a number of substantial multi-national corporations he still enjoys giving hands-on strategic advice to start-ups and growing companies or investors on IP strategy and personally handling complex oppositions and appeals before the EPO. According to Legal 500 Ilya is “a talented strategist” and “a master of his craft”.
Ilya has a master’s degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge, specialising in physics and having conducted research within the field of medical imaging, and he is the leader of the IT & engineering group. He qualified as a Patent Attorney in 1996, and holds a certificate in intellectual property from the University of London.
Ilya has significant experience in electrical, electronic, communications and computing technologies, and previously developed network communication software at IBM.
His technical specialisms include IT, both hardware and software, and he has detailed knowledge of networking and communications technologies, video and audio processing and transmission and electronics, particularly power and control electronics used in micro-generation, grid-tie and charge control. He also handles subject matter of a more mechanical nature including robotic equipment and controls, heat pumps and turbines and energy recovery, and has extensive experience of medical devices, particularly electrosurgical devices and catheters.
He is also a private pilot with interest in and experience of aeronautical, aerospace and defence equipment, engines, control systems and composite construction techniques and advising on obtaining strategic protection relevant to certification. With his broad science background, he has recently been involved in composites and nano-technology.
Ilya obtained first-hand experience of US patent law and practice within a major Silicon Valley law firm, which now enables him to provide his clients with creative and comprehensive advice as to how to obtain the maximum level of worldwide protection for their technology, or to deal effectively and pragmatically with the portfolios of competitors.
As well as extensive and exceptionally successful experience of European Patent Office opposition and appeal proceedings, Ilya has been involved in commercial dispute resolution within formal mediation proceedings and litigation and he has successfully creatively negotiated positive outcomes for clients charged with infringement on several occasions. He also advises on exploitation and licensing and on strategic and cost-effective commercial portfolio development and is the author of numerous published articles on law and strategy. Ilya has been noted on several occasions in Legal 500 and in Chambers.
He also serves on the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys committee devoted to raising public awareness of IP and has provided expert commentary on numerous strategic IP issues for National and International media including CNN, Channel 4, The Times, The FT, The Daily Telegraph, The Economist.