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About Pete Pollard
Originally from the UK, Pete moved to the Netherlands after qualifying as an Electronic Engineer. Later becoming a Dutch and European patent attorney, he spent five years in-house and 10 years in private practice. In 2017 he founded Fireball Patents in Eindhoven, an innovators hub, to better serve start-ups with a lean and dynamic structure that matches that of his clients. Fireball Patents is virtual, using automation and external specialists to limit overhead, while close collaboration with clients allows more predictable billing.
Pete is also part of IP.DESIGN, a German-Swiss IP boutique offering one-stop solutions to innovative SMEs. Since 2018, his European and PCT know-how has enriched the firm’s patent and design expertise.
The passion and creativity of his clients is reflected in Pete’s drive to find pragmatic routes to protection, such as pursuing European patents in ‘no translation’ jurisdictions, filing national applications, concentrating on US filings, treating innovations as trade secrets, or pursuing utility models and designs. With his friendly and open-minded approach, he procures valuable rights with great efficiency, giving his clients the benefit of strong and quick protection.
He specialises in physics, software and mechanics, with experience in data and image processing, medical devices, materials and optics. He has many years’ experience in Dutch and European prosecution, oral hearings, oppositions and appeals.
Pete has taught European patent law since 2009, specialising in PCT and European Bar (EQE) preparation. He has given lectures at Maastricht University (Netherlands) and EQELIBRIUM (Poland). He occasionally speaks on patent matters at EPO events and the INTA Annual Meeting. He was an original tutor for the Dutch IP administrator training and passed the first exam in 2011 to become a Dutch certified formalities officer. He frequently runs courses through the German/Dutch FORUM Institute in English for IP administrators.
Pete is an author and contributor for the PCT.App and EPC.App legal reference books. IP.appify’s ingenious online platform also allows users to navigate their up-to-date legal texts and to fully customise comments.
Pete also publishes legal references & study materials through Fireball Patents - www.fireballpatents.com/study-materials - who modify and reformat official digital references to make them more complete and easier to use. They print using small paper sizes and thinner paper to improve portability.
Pete is also an EU design and trademark attorney. In addition to his native English, he is fluent in Dutch and has a working knowledge of German. He is a member of INTA, epi and the Order of Dutch Patent Attorneys.
The authors and publishers do not accept liability for inaccuracies or for any printing errors. Our study materials are for educational and informational purposes only, and are not to be considered as legal advice. IP law is highly complex and continuously changing, so always double-check the status with official resources and consult an authorised professional or legal counsel.