Dr Catherine Bonner

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Catherine Bonner

Dr Catherine Bonner

Patent Attorney, Patent Attorney Litigator


MSci, PhD, UK Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, Patent Attorney Litigator.

Core expertise

mechanical engineering, physics, medical, optics, photonics


Catherine joined Chapman & Co following 3 years working as a Patent Attorney in the Intellectual Property division of Dyson Technology. She also has extensive experience as a Patent Attorney in private practice, advising a broad range of clients including early stage companies, SMEs and multinational corporations.

Her experience includes filing and prosecuting patent and design applications across a wide range of mechanical engineering and physics-based subject matter, as well as providing advice on invention harvesting, product clearance and commercial management of IP rights. She specialises in medical technologies, low pressure systems, telecommunications, photonics, displays, and TV broadcast. Catherine is one of our industrial designs specialists and advises on all aspects of these rights.

Catherine graduated from St Andrews University with a Physics degree and attained a PhD at the Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton. Her PhD research related to planar waveguide devices. She entered the profession in 1999.

Catherine tutors within the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys tutorial programme and is one of the authors of the CIPA training manual for trainee Patent Attorneys.


…always willing to explain the comprehensive work involved when dealing with IP and how best to approach it..

Catherine has been really great to work with. Catherine invested the time to visit and understand our project, she made the application process surprisingly simple. I’d definitely recommend Chapman & Co.Scott Phillips
Director, JW European Ltd

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