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Devon Matthews

Patent attorney

‘Strong claims mimic the elegance of their invention, an ideal symmetry that is equally satisfying.’
Devon Matthews

Devon Matthews

  • Engineering
  • Trainee Patent Attorney

Devon Matthews started his career in 2007 as a Product Engineer in the automotive industry and later moved to the mining industry where he gained the majority of his experience as a registered Professional Engineer in South Africa.

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He holds a B.Ing in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg and a M.Sc in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management from the University of Maastricht.

Devon has expertise in the design and maintenance of hoists and elevator systems, trackless mobile machinery, mineral processing and sizing, tyres, ventilation fans and bulk haulage systems including conveyors. He further has experience in automotive safety equipment such as webbing retractors and airbags, sound attenuation technologies as well as steel manufacturing-and-fabrication techniques.

Working experience

  • Senior Mechanical Engineer (2008 – 2017) Sasol Mining Pty ltd.
  • Product Engineer (2007- 2008) Autoliv Southern Africa

Education

  • MSc, Intellectual Property and Knowledge Management, Maastricht University 2018
  • Pr.Eng, Professional Engineer, Engineering Council of South Africa 2016 (Reg. No.20160702)
  • B.Ing, Mechanical Engineering, University of Johannesburg 2007

Languages

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Dutch

 

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News

Demand for patent protection continues to grow in Europe

The 2018 annual report of the European Patent Office (EPO) shows a 4.6% increase in the number of European patent applications, reaching 174,000 applications.Continue reading

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Events

European Patent Seminar

Hotel Excelsior München, Schützenstraße, Munich, Germany

Know the latest ins-and-outs concerning examination, opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO. Be updated on the unitary patent and the unified patent court. Continue reading

Improve your practical knowledge at the IP Academy – Basic

Winthontlaan 6, 3526 KV Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

Follow the annual course on patents, trademarks and designs. For innovative entrepreneurs who wish to improve their intellectual property (IP) know-how, V.O. Patents & Trademarks organizes a basic course on IP on Thursday 26 September. Continue reading

Product case game: Heineken THE SUB

V.O. Patents & Trademarks, Winthontlaan 6/G, Utrecht, Netherlands

Exclusively for for all students who have participated in the TU/e Contest, WUR Challenge, TU Delft Contest and UT Challenge we organize a special product case game. Make a deep dive into the innovative world of home draught beer with Heineken’s THE SUB. Via this game you will gain insight into the role of Intellectual Property during the development of this stunning device. Win the game and THE SUB is yours! Continue reading