We are very pleased to welcome Mr. Barry Franks as a partner at Hynell Intellectal Property AB. He is a very experienced attorney, specialised in oral proceedings before the EPO and is recognised for his enthusiasm for (and skill in winning) difficult oral proceedings. In addition he advises his clients on freedom-to-operate, due diligence, IP strategy, IP management and patent prosecution.
Barry lectured for many years for the Swedish Patent Office and the Swedish IP academy and in recent years has been invited to lecture on oppositions and oral proceedings in China, India and Mexico where his practical advice mixed with relevant anecdotes has been warmly received. He has also contributed chapters to a number of well-known IP reference books.
Barry regularly appears in the Intellectual Asset Management magazines “Patent 1000” annual review of IP attorneys as a peer-nominated “highly recommended individual” for patent prosecution and has also frequently been honoured as a peer-nominated “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.
Originally from the UK, he started working in IP in 1983 following his graduation from the University of Bath with a degree in Mechanical Engineering with French. As well as a good working knowledge of French, Dutch and German, he is fluent in Swedish – which is much appreciated by his local clients when it comes to advising them on the finer points of IP law or discussing strategies.
Barry has pursued an exceptionally broad career – both geographically and operatively, starting with almost ten years as an examiner at the EPO in The Hague. He moved to Sweden in 1993 and spent two years as an entrepreneur before returning to the world of IP as a patent attorney, first in Stockholm and then in Uppsala. After five years’ experience of drafting, prosecuting and using IP for small, medium and large companies in fields as diverse as diapers (what he calls the “biohazard industry”) and fuel rod extractors for nuclear power plants (a different type of potential hazard), he was headhunted by a global healthcare company. He spent almost seven interesting and educative years as in-house counsel, first in Sweden and subsequently in the UK, responsible for the European portion of its hardware IP portfolio. The commercial outlook and pragmatic decision-making skills acquired in industry have been put to first-rate use since he returned to Sweden in 2007 and re-started working as a patent attorney at another IP law firm.