Peter Smith

Consultant, Patents and Trade Marks

Areas I can assist you with are:

  • Patents in the mechanical and electrical fields, including medical devices, control and automation systems and computer software.
  • Trade marks
  • Registered and unregistered designs
  • Copyright


I was born in Suffolk but have lived in Leicester for most of my life. I graduated from Cambridge University in 1989 with a degree in natural sciences, specialising in physics. I immediately joined Serjeants and qualified as both a UK and a European patent attorney in 1993. I was a partner in the firm from 1995 to 2024 and I continue to work as a consultant – mostly in relation to patents for my existing clients.


During my career I have handled a wide variety of patent cases, generally of a mechanical or electronic nature, with a recent emphasis on medical devices. I can also give advice in the areas of trade marks, copyright and designs.


My retirement from full time practice allows me to spend more time travelling and pursuing my interests of local history and also watching and recording wildlife. There is always something waiting to be done in the garden but I make sure I find time to get out walking too – Leicestershire has lots of attractive countryside with good pubs to stop at along the way!