DR LEIGH-ANNE THOMAS
Part-Qualified Patent Attorney
Leigh-Anne graduated in 2007 with a Masters degree in Physics and went on to complete a PhD also in Physics in 2011, both at the University of Bath. Her research combined areas of nanoscience, semiconductor and acoustic physics and she researched bulk acoustic wave filters that were specifically designed for use with devices operating at high frequencies, e.g. mobile phones. Leigh-Anne is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Physics.
Leigh-Anne started her IP career with a leading London firm of patent and trade mark attorneys before returning to Bath to continue her training with another private practice, completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law at Bournemouth University in 2013. Leigh-Anne joined Bryers in 2015.
Leigh-Anne’s work focuses on patent prosecution and drafting in the physics, telecommunications, acoustics and electronics sectors, and she has experience of foreign patent prosecution for various technologies.
Leigh-Anne has been an author on several academic articles including 'Hypersonic Rugate Filters Based On Porous Silicon', published in leading science journal Applied Physics Letters, 97, 173503 (2010). She is also the first-named inventor on US Patent No. 7,587,160 'Toner Repelling Stripper Finger Assembly' in relation to the use of electrostatic charges found within photocopying machines, on which she worked whilst on an industrial placement with Xerox Corporation.