Appleyard Lees
Richard Bray

Richard is a Partner in our Electronics & Software and Engineering & Physics teams, and is based in our Manchester office.

Richard works with a very wide range of clients, ranging from those that are household names throughout the world, and whose products affect almost everyone’s lives, all the way through to creative individuals. Each type of client brings unique challenges and working styles, and Richard enjoys the variety and the need to tailor advice to the type of client.

Richard has particular in-depth expertise in technologies such as: consumer electronics and products, with a particular speciality in gesture control, 3D display technologies and related image processing, and cryptography and security; automated packing and shopping systems, in terms of engineering and software; defence systems, particularly those focussing on optical and engineering aspects; imprint and optical lithography; turbochargers; nuclear and supporting technologies; and confectionery processing and packaging.

Richard has a passion for helping people understand the world of intellectual property. He provides in-house, technology specific intellectual property awareness training to clients. He also lectures and mentors for the CIPA Patents Administrator course, and lectured in patent law on the BPP Graduate Diploma in Law course (Manchester). Richard was invited to be a panel member for an intellectual property Q&A for The Guardian, which he found to be a great experience.

Richard graduated from the University of Bath in 2002 with a first class honours degree in physics, and with the highest marks in the graduating class. The degree included an industrial placement at Sharp Laboratories of Europe (Oxford), where Richard was heavily involved in a project on liquid crystal molecular alignment techniques for use in LCDs. Richard was a co-author on a publication based on this work, and was awarded a monetary prize for his contribution to the project.

Richard was also mentioned in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars guide in 2017. He was highly praised by clients: “Richard understands what we are trying to do and is easy to work with”.