Geoff began in the IP field in 1990 in the UK with Haseltine Lake, one of the country’s most prestigious IP firms, handling an International client list that included such multi-national companies as Fujitsu, Sharp and Siemens.
He moved to Israel in 1997 and joined Dr Gal Ehrlich at the establishment of his firm in 2000.
Since then Geoff has been involved with an exciting mixture of mature companies and big and small startups, seeing many of the startups from their first patent application through investment rounds to successful multi-million dollar exits.
Geoff has been involved in the preparation of patent applications in Hardware, Software, Communications, Physics, and Medical Devices, in particular RF engineering, microwave antennae, satellite communications, sound and image processing, data compression, pattern recognition, control and measurement engineering, computer modeling, communications protocols, cellular and roaming infrastructures, ultrasound, firewalls, cryptography, semiconductors, computer architecture, memories, computer input devices and interfaces, smart cards, semiconductor lasers, fiber optics, CNC devices and robotics, seismic imaging and electrical machines.
He has also been involved in due diligence assessments, opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office and litigation support, as well as providing strategy and portfolio management advice, and has also conducted numerous hearings at the USPTO.
2000 – present: Patent Attorney with Ehrlich and Partners, later Ehrlich and Fenster, establishing the firm’s Hi-Tech department.
1997 – 2000 – Patent Attorney with Sanford T Colb, Israel. Qualified as an Israel Patent Attorney
1997 – Present – Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
1990 – 1997 – Patent Attorney with Haseltine Lake, UK, qualified as a UK chartered Patent Agent and European Patent Attorney.
1991 – 1992 – Certificate of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary College, University of London UK.
1986 – 1990 – BEng. (Hons) degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Manchester, UK
Runs, swims and works out on a regular basis
A keen follower of the latest developments in science and technology, as well as studying philosophy, history, Talmud and Kaballah.
Writes his own computer programs, mainly in Delphi Pascal.
Geoff stood in elections for public office both in the UK and in Israel.
Geoff Has been a long-time supporter of Kulanu, an organization that works around the world to locate and support isolated and emerging Jewish communities and help them to reconnect to the wider Jewish world.
Geoff Melnick has been a registered UK Patent Attorney since 1997, a registered Israel Patent attorney since 1999 and has been qualified to practice before the European Patent Office since 1997.