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 sit on the board of trustees 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. I believe passionately in the power of education to improve people's life chances, and the team at Values Academy does some remarkable work with students who would otherwise have little or no hope of future success. Find out more here.