Handsome IP Patent and Trademark Attorneys


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Our Team

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys

We are a firm of European and UK Chartered Patent Attorneys, and European Trade Mark & Design Attorneys (also known as Patent and Trade Mark Agents or I.P. Lawyers).

All our attorneys are members of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and we are regulated in the UK by IPREG.

Lewis Hands - Managing Director

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Lewis is both a UK Registered Patent Attorney and a UK Registered Trademark Attorney. He is also both a Chartered Patent Attorney (CIPA) and a Chartered Trademark Attorney (CITMA). Furthermore, he is a European Patent Attorney (EPI), and is also authorized to handle Irish trademarks.

Lewis graduated from Imperial College, London with an engineering honours degree. He then spent more than 10 years working as an engineer, project manager and senior manager in the engineering industry.

Lewis has gained considerable experience in the intellectual property (IP) sector working for one of the largest private practice patent attorney firms in Europe, in-house for a large multi-national manufacturer of fmcg, and for a medium sized private practice patent attorney firm where he formed very good relations with many SMEs, private individuals and multi-nationals.

His experience lies in the field of mechanical and electrical engineering and software related inventions and innovations. For example, he has worked with medical devices, renewable energy, automotive components, refrigeration systems, optical communications, oil and gas, general consumer products, baby-related products and mobile phone technology.

He has experience of all forms of intellectual property especially patents, designs, trade marks, copyright, licensing, development agreements and confidentiality agreements. Lewis is a member of CIPA's Design & Copyright Committee.


Richard Smith - Director

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Richard is a qualified European and United Kingdom Chartered Patent Attorney with a degree in Physics and 20 years experience working in the patents field. Richard gained his degree at Oxford University, where he specialised in renewable energy generation.

Richard has worked in a diverse range of technical fields including Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Electronics & Telecommunications, Computing & Software, Data Processing, Medical Devices and Procedures, Textiles, and Pharmaceuticals.

Richard deals with patents, designs & trade marks in the UK, Europe and (via our trusted foreign associates) in other parts of the world such as the USA, Canada, Australia, India, Korea and Japan.

Richard has received the Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate, thereby qualifying him as an "IP Litigator - Patent" to conduct litigation in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and to conduct appeals in the High Court from decisions of the UK IPO.


Nick Davies - Patent Attorney

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Nick is a European Patent Attorney with a Master of Physics degree from The University of Manchester and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Exeter.

Prior to joining Handsome I.P., Nick worked for a large private practice firm in Bristol, where he gained considerable experience of handling patent applications across a broad range of technical fields including healthcare, computer networking, 2D and 3D printing systems, and telecommunications.

During Nick's final year project of his masters degree, he developed a novel waveguide system for generating and detecting orbital angular momentum and, while studying for his PhD, Nick worked with colleagues at the Met Office to develop state-of-the-art instrumentation for measuring the optical properties of atmospheric aerosol particles. As a result of Nick's research, he has acquired an in-depth understanding of a range of aerosol measurement techniques including photoacoustic spectroscopy, cavity ringdown spectroscopy, filter-based absorption photometry, optical particle counting, and differential mobility analysis, and has authored and co-authored a number of scientific publications relating to the testing and deployment of these technologies.

Outside of work, Nick enjoys spending time in nature with his family, is a keen (though mediocre) badminton player, and has a thirst for trying new Belgian beers.


Katrina Peebles - Patent Attorney

Katrina is an experienced UK and European patent attorney with a BSc in Biochemistry with Biotechnology and Microbiology, and an MSc in the Management of Intellectual Property Law. Katrina assists us with our biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceutical work.


Sam Taylor - Trainee Patent Attorney

Sam has a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Exeter, and used to work as a Patent Examiner at the UK Intellectual Property Office.


Michael Sleeman - Trainee Patent Attorney

Michael studied at Durham, graduating in 2019 with a MPhys in Theoretical Physics.

Michael's final year project explored possible ways of modelling the dynamics of cyclists in a peloton, particularly in scenarios involving crosswinds, which have the potential to cause a split in the peloton. This project drew on research in a variety of different fields, including the mechanics of riding a bike; human physiology and power output capabilities; crowd/flock dynamics; and cycling aerodynamics, as well as a basic understanding of race craft and tactics employed by racing cyclists.


Alexandria Lovell - Trainee Trademark Attorney

Alexandria graduated from Brown University, USA with a BA (honours) degree in English and Italian Studies. She also attended the University of Bristol, receiving an MA degree in English in 2022. Alexandria is currently training as a trade mark attorney and studying for the CITMA paralegal qualification.


Zhen Jieh Lim - Trainee Patent Attorney

Zhen Jieh studied Physics at the University of Bath, graduating with a Masters in 2018, and completing a PhD in device physics in 2023. His research focused on developing novel field effect transistors for next-generation beyond Moore’s Law electronics and studying exotic electronic states of matter at low temperatures.


Kara Dancey - Office Manager

Kara completed the Foundation Certificate in Accounting passing with distinction. As well managing the offices, Kara handles all our IP renewals and financial matters for us.

Kara has over 20 years' experience within customer service within various different industries and has particular experience of managing office systems and creating and implementing new administration systems.


Ellen Miller - Administrative Assistant

Ellen graduated from Kingston University and has since gained administrative experience in her previous role as a client manager, ensuring clients were always kept happy. Ellen currently handles our patent matters, but has experience handling trademarks and also assists with other paralegal and administrative duties.



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