David Fulton


David Fulton is a Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.  He is a director of Lincoln IP, with responsibility for the day to day running of the Glasgow Office. 

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David’s technical background is in physics, lasers and optoelectronics and he has built up considerable experience advising clients in a range of high technology fields in both the industrial and academic sectors.  David’s clients include an award-winning specialist in laser technology and a highly innovative toy developer and manufacturer. He has a particular interest in international filing and prosecution and providing support for clients in resolving IP disputes through enforcement or negotiated settlement.


BSc Laser Physics and Optoelectronics (First Class)
University of Strathclyde

PhD Quantum Optics
University of St Andrews

Professional qualifications and affiliations
  • Chartered Patent Attorney (UK)
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney (UK)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Member of the European Patent Institute
  • Certified IP Patent Litigator
  • Certified IP Trade Mark Litigator

1998 – 2000
Research Fellow, University of St Andrews

2000 to present
Private practice



  • Laser and nonlinear optics
  • Electronic and optoelectronic Systems
  • Anti-counterfeiting technologies
  • Semiconductor and MEMS technologies
  • Communication systems and protocols
  • Software and computer implemented inventions
  • Fast-Moving Consumer Goods
  • Medical devices
  • General mechanical engineering


  • IP portfolio management
  • EPO oppositions and oral proceedings
  • Patentability assessments
  • Freedom to operate and infringement opinions
  • IP litigation support and dispute resolution
  • Trade mark clearance, filing and prosecution
  • Copyright
  • Registered and unregistered designs