Dr. Andrew McKinlay



European Patent Attorney
Chartered Patent Attorney
Registered Representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC)
Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate
Ph.D (Leeds), Artificial Intelligence
B.Sc. Hons. (Leeds), Computing

About Andrew

Andy is based in our Leeds office, has worked in IP since 2013, and joined Page White Farrer in 2022. He was promoted to Partner in 2023.


He has a first-class degree in Computing and a PhD in artificial intelligence from the University of Leeds.  His research was in natural language processing (NLP), and gave him first-hand experience in building systems for processing and classifying text.


Focusing his practice on software IP, Andy works across a wide range of computer-implemented technologies, from AI and machine learning to the control of industrial machinery.  He enjoys working with start-ups, spin-outs and scale-ups, and has experience supporting higher education institutions with IP strategy and patent filing programs.


With his passion for patent drafting, Andy can quickly build a rapport with inventors to prepare focused and pragmatic applications. 


His experience extends to contentious matters, and he enjoys oral advocacy.  He has represented clients both in EPO oppositions and appeals and in inter partes proceedings at the UKIPO.  He also worked with solicitor colleagues to run an IPEC infringement case, culminating in a two-day trial.


Andy’s particular expertise includes:

  • Machine learning, including computer vision and NLP
  • High-performance computing including data centre workload allocation and management
  • Simulation systems
  • 3D printing and scanning, including both 3D model processing and printing and scanning hardware
  • Internet of Things (IoT) devices and architectures
  • Consumer electronics, including televisions, printers and scanners
  • Cryptography and security measures in the financial sector
  • Medical technology, in particular negative pressure wound therapy devices


In 2021, Andy was recognised as a “Rising Star” by Managing IP.

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