Peter’s technical specialisations are in communications and control systems. Having a naval engineering background, he also practices in the fields of mechanics and thermodynamics. Peter has particular experience of large patent portfolio management, contentious patent proceedings in the UK courts and at the European Patent Office, and IP due diligence exercises. He also advises clients on policing their patent rights and licensing negotiations. He has been responsible for patent filing programmes for multinational companies and many smaller clients for whom intellectual property is a key aspect of the company value. The collaborative relationships Peter builds with his clients around the world have delivered creative and informed patent strategies in some challenging commercial environments in which patents are a vital commercial tool. The direct commercial implications of his clients’ patent needs means Peter’s significant opposition and appeal work at the European Patent Office has often been coordinated with concurrent patent litigation in Europe and elsewhere. 

 Honours and Awards

  • Peter was awarded the unique accolade of “Gold” band status for patent prosecution in IAM Patent 1000 for 2018. The banding is explained as follows:  “…individuals in the gold band are those that attract the most positive comments from sources. We have identified them as the crème de la crème; their success hinges on reputations established over lengthy periods of time, something which enables them to secure the most high-profile, big-ticket instructions from the most demanding of clients.”
  • Highlighted for his large patent filing and EPO opposition work in The Legal 500, 2018
  • Pete was a recommended individual for patent prosecution and a 'player best placed to guide clients through both the familiar and unfamiliar terrain' of the Unified Patent Court (IAM Patent 1000, 2016)
  • Peter Hale is 'Highly Recommended' in The Legal 500, 2015.
  • Described as one of the leaders of the pack in the electrical field for patent work. Peter was also individually named in the top tier as a representative before the EPO (IAM Patent 1000, 2015)
  • Peter was named as an expert in his field in the Patents Expert Guide 2015
  • Recommended - 'knowledgeable and responsive' (The Legal 500, 2014)
  • 'Hale is championed as an EPO oppositions expert with a flair for managing extremely large portfolios.' (IAM Patent 1000, 2014) in which he is individually recommended for patent prosecution
  • 'very client focused, creative and pragmatic' (The Legal 500, 2013)
  • 'approachable and very alert to technical matters' (The Legal 500, 2011)
  • 'technically very alert, very approachable and always seems to have the right advice at his fingertips' (The Legal 500, 2010)
  • Awarded unique “Gold” ranking for patent prosecution and “highly recommended” for European Patent  Office representation by IAM Patent 1000, 2018

 Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI)