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Frances Wilding


Frances Wilding, Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Haseltine Lake LLP

Frances started her career as a Patent Examiner at the European Patent Office in Munich, where she spent eight years working on examination and opposition of European cases and PCT examination. The technical fields covered included manufacturing and conveyor systems, circuit protection, packaging machinery and valve and dispensing technology. Frances transferred to private practice in the UK, working in the fields of medical implants, fixed telecommunications, geosynthetics, earth compaction and surfacing, and a variety of electro-mechanical devices.

At Haseltine Lake, Frances continues to work in a broad variety of fields, including mobile telecommunications, healthcare, medical and display technology, data centres and business and internet-based inventions. Her wide client base includes small UK businesses, large direct Japanese, US and German clients, and agent work for French, German, US and Japanese applicants. She undertakes infringement opinion work and other litigation preparation for clients including German, Japanese, UK and US firms and is a regular visitor to Japan, Germany and the US. Frances has an excellent working knowledge of French and Italian and is fully fluent in technical German.