Dr Anna Molony

BSc, MSc, PhD, CPhys, CPA, EPA, ETMA

Professional career

I am a qualified UK chartered patent attorney (CPA), European patent attorney (EPA) and European trade mark attorney (ETMA). I joined the profession in 1996 as a trainee at a private practice patent attorney firm in the Midlands. In 2001, I became the in-house patent counsel at Indigo Photonics Ltd, an early stage, venture capital backed technology company. During 2003, Indigo Photonics was sold and I took the opportunity to join fellow patent attorney Helga Chapman to form Chapman Molony (now Chapman IP). After almost 10 years’ building and managing Chapman Molony, I decided the time was right for a new type of patent attorney firm, so I exited Chapman Molony and set up Ingenium IP.

Education

I gained my undergraduate Physics degree from Birmingham University and then studied for an MSc in Optoelectronic and Laser Devices at St. Andrews University. I carried out my PhD research on fibre Bragg gratings within the Photonics Research Group at Aston University, on a CASE studentship funded by GEC Marconi Materials Technology. I am also a chartered physicist (CPhys) and completed a mini MBA at Aston Business School as part of my PhD.

Client experience

I have advised companies ranging from early stage innovators to growing SMEs, and from academic spin-outs to multinational corporations – including a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and services. No matter what size or type of client, my aim is to give clear, practical, solution-focused advice at all times.

Technical experience

Since becoming a patent attorney, I have advised clients operating in a wide range of technologies and sectors, with a particular focus on optics/photonics, telecommunications, software and mechanical devices, including wind turbines and medical equipment. See details of some of the patent applications I have worked on here.

Community involvement

I am a trustee of Values Academy, a charity operating two schools in the Midlands which offer an alternative to mainstream education for young people at risk of social exclusion. Find out more here.