Specialist IP provider Barker Brettell has promoted Nick Braddon and Carrie Johnson to patent attorney partners.

Both will be based in the firm’s Birmingham headquarters.

Mr Braddon, who started his career working as an analyst researching and writing about trends in global steel markets, is an expert in materials and metallurgy.

Entering the profession in 2005, he is a UK and European patent attorney and also a European design attorney drafting and prosecuting patent applications for inventions. He also advises clients in respect of registered designs and unregistered design right.

The construction industry, especially building products, is the area in which Ms Johnson’s expertise lies.

Experienced in drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications, and in contentious matters such as advising on validity and infringement, she joined Barker Brettell in 2014. She entered into the profession in 2002, qualifying as a UK and European Patent Attorney in 2007.

John Lawrence, senior partner at Barker Brettell, said: “The construction and metallurgy industries are expanding sectors and we are privileged to secure such experts.

“Promotion to the partnership recognises the significant contribution that Nick and Carrie have already made to our company, and particularly our clients, ensuring fiscal returns on their investments in technology.”

Mr Braddon said: “I want to help Barker Brettell grow by building strong client relationships and maintaining the quality of personal service we give to them.

“Having a particular interest in materials science-related inventions, borne out of specialising in materials science and metallurgy at university, I intend to continue to expand my client base in the UK and internationally.”

Ms Johnson added: “With the support of my colleagues, and the opportunities that this partnership will offer me, I’m looking forward to really getting stuck in with energy and enthusiasm to develop existing and new client relationships and contribute to the success of the firm as a whole.”