James assists clients in patent matters in New Zealand, and overseas. With a strong physics and technology background, James has a range of experience with drafting and prosecuting patent applications for clients over a wide variety of technologies.
James specialises in patents, with specialist knowledge in software and other computer implemented inventions. He’s experienced in all patent matters, including drafting, portfolio management, and patent prosecution worldwide. He has worked on a wide range of technologies including telecoms, audiovisual devices, automotive systems and software – with a particular focus on the contentious area of graphical user interfaces.
James began his career in intellectual property (IP) in 2014 working at an IP firm in the UK. James’ introduction to IP came about while completing his PhD, which led to the filing of a patent application for a new kind of bolometer. He completed his Doctorate in Physics at the University of Warwick, during which James conducted research in cryogenics and semiconductor microelectronics for space-based applications. He has a keen interest in technology and innovation which is reflected in his client relationships.
I enjoy being close to the innovation – helping bridge the gap between the inventors and those setting the business strategy
James enjoys sailing, skiing and climbing – although he spends most of his time outside of work exploring New Zealand with his wife, daughter and dog.
James Richardson-Bullock's insights
Article \ 1 Apr 2022
Update to the EPO Guidelines for Examination
On the 1 March 2022, the newest edition of the European Patent Office’s (EPO) Guidelines for Examination came into force. James Richardson-Bullock and Matt Devine summarise the EPO’s recent update to the Guidelines.
Article \ 25 Mar 2022
Explained: The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
On 19 January 2022 the Unified Patent Court (UPC) entered its provisional application period. This period is expected to last approximately eight months and signals the formal start of preparations for establishing the UPC as a functioning body. This would include the appointment and training of judges, finalising the rules and procedures and trialling the numerous IT systems.