Whilst I have experience of matters relating to all key intellectual property rights, my work in contentious IP principally concerns patents and copyright. I have a physical sciences background and therefore take a particular interest in technology relating to the chemical and life sciences sectors. Many of the patent cases I have recently been involved have had an international element and I have therefore gained significant experience in advising on and coordinating pan-European patent strategies both with colleagues in Bird & Bird's international offices and with other European counsel. I also have experience of a broad range of matters concerning copyright law and in particular have worked on numerous projects concerning the application of copyright law to innovative digital products and services. Having spent a portion of my training with our Employment practice, I also take an interest in trade secrets and confidential information. In this area I recently acted for the claimant in a high value arbitration against a Chinese state owned enterprise concerning chemical engineering technology.Regarding non-contentious IP, I have worked on a range of transactional and advisory matters including contracts relating to software development and the ownership of rights in financial trading data.I am a case officer in the IPEC's new IP Pro Bono scheme, working as one of four Bird & Bird IP lawyers in the UK who have volunteered their services to help individuals and SMEs involved in IP disputes.