Darran Thacker

Partner, Patents and Trade Marks

Areas I can assist you with are:

  • Patents in the mechanical and electrical fields, including wind turbines, heat pumps and other ‘green’ technologies, power conversion equipment, electrical machines, e.g. motors and generators, packaging technology, medical devices.
  • Trade marks


Born and brought up in Nottingham, I graduated from Durham University with a BSc in Applied Physics.  I worked as a Technical Officer for a large Government research organisation before joining Serjeants in 1998.  I became a partner at Serjeants in April 2004 and am also a member of the Patents Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.


While Serjeants deals with a wide range of innovative technologies, I mainly work with local clients who are looking to protect general mechanical inventions.  I am also a qualified trade mark attorney and can provide focused, commercially-relevant advice on all areas of intellectual property (IP).


I am responsible for developing our strong links with attorneys in China and can provide robust advice on how best to protect and exploit your IP rights in a country that is an important commercial market for our clients and where enforcement of IP is rapidly improving – both for locals and for foreign companies.


I’m lucky enough to have travelled widely within the United States and am particularly interested in its history and hiking its National Parks. I enjoy watching most sports, especially rugby union and ice hockey.