Dr. John Collins is a UK and European patent and trademark attorney and Of Counsel at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. John has considerable experience of proceedings before the European Patent Office, including oppositions and appeals and also has experience in litigation both in the UK and the USA. His expertise lies in electronics and particularly in the field of software, Internet and business method patents both in Europe and the US. In the US, he has acted as an expert witness in litigation on a software patent case which required an in depth analysis of over 36,000 pages of code. As a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Technology Committee and a member of the CIPA Parliamentary Committee, he is involved in advising CIPA and members of the UK and EU parliament on developments in patent law in the field of software, business methods and electronics. John is also a member of the AIPLA Electronics and Computer Law Committee to liaise between the European and US patent professions on software and business method patents and he lectures widely, notably to US attorneys on the differences in practice in this field between the US and Europe and on international patent strategy.
John graduated with an honours degree in Medical Physics from London University and went on to obtain his doctorate in Physics from London University whilst researching the effects of radiation damage on the crystal structure of semiconductor materials using far infrared spectroscopy. After a couple of years post-doctoral research on far infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy, much of which was spent designing and programming a computer controlled spectrometer, he entered the patent profession in 1990. During his practice over more than 20 years, he has acted for many different clients on a wide spectrum of intellectual property matters, ranging from prosecuting and managing extensive patent portfolios for corporations to guiding and assisting start-up companies to develop the necessary valuable intellectual property assets to build their business.