EIP > London, England > Firm Profile
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EIP > The Legal 500 RankingsEIP, consisting of patent attorneys and IP litigators, has a strong and well-established focus on high-tech sectors and advises its clients across the entire lifecycle of patent work, from protection of rights and portfolio management, to enforcement, opposition, and appeal hearings before the EPO. This offering also includes cross-border litigation, especially in the UK and Germany, and growing areas for the group include the life sciences and medtech sectors. In London, digital specialist Jerome Spaargaren and Heather McCann, who has expertise in Internet of Things, security, computer systems, and wireless modem technologies jointly lead the team alongside Bath-based Matt Lawman, who has notable skills in handling high-tech electronics and software experience-related mandates. Senior associate Ben Maling (London) has experience in securing patents domestically and internationally for large tech companies and SMEs, and managing associate Ben Willows (Bath) handles inventions across a range of areas, including consumer electronics, image processing systems, and printers. In team news, Andrew Thompson joined the team in London from Withers & Rogers in June 2022, and Colin Lobban departed in July 2022 for an in-house position at Dyson.
Jerome Spaargaren; Heather McCann; Matt Lawman
Other key lawyers:
‘The whole EIP team provides solid support on all processed cases. Their spin-off patent search tool Patently.com is not only a fantastic addition to the free online searches, but has extended search capabilities not seen in other products.’
‘Matt Lawman conducts high-level analysis of the patentability, especially on very difficult cases.’
‘They are part of the client’s team, not just a supplier. This is critical, as they go the extra mile to truly understand not just what the client does, but how they do it, so their working practise matches to the clients and forms a true extension of the team.’
‘The team at EIP is fantastic, with experts in every technical area and with deep patent expertise.’
‘The patent attorneys at EIP are very knowledgeable in their area and able to quickly absorb and understand new technologies.’
‘Robin Rickard has a brilliant ability to read between the lines of the technical requirements for a given invention.’
- Advised Pulpex on freedom to operate issues and building a patent portfolio.
- Assisting Flawless AI with developing its patent portfolio.
- Advising Egress on patent strategy and development, and the monitoring of competitors’ patent portfolio.
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3An ‘extremely capable and insightful team’, EIP is noted for its expertise in the sphere of FRAND litigation, with a significant success rate in the courts. ‘Totemic leader’ Gary Moss spearheads the practice, overseeing major litigation such as the recent win at the Supreme Court for Conversant and Unwired Planet in the Unwired Planet v Huawei and Conversant Wireless v Huawei cases. Andrew Sharples routinely represents clients in FRAND trials, and ‘highly recommended’ Robert Lundie Smith’s capabilities also extends to various issues such as litigating on medical devices and user interfaces. Kathleen Fox Murphy enjoys a strong practice in multi-jurisdictional litigation coordination, interim injunctions, infringement and validity litigation.
‘EIP have a broad and very experienced telecoms and technology team, which has run many of the leading cases in this field and virtually invented FRAND litigation in the UK.’
‘Gary Moss is a totemic leader, with enormous insight and experience in the TMT area. He has unrivalled experience, a highly commercial mind, and a tremendous strategic instinct.’
‘Robert Lundie-Smith is an excellent litigator, running a calm and measured ship even under the heaviest of pressure, with an excellent grasp of both detail and the wider strategic context.’
‘They are a solid operator in their particular niche.’
‘Robert Lundie-Smith is highly recommended. He is very hard-working, conscientious, and has a real understanding of the technical, legal and strategic aspects of the cases he is working on.’
‘EIP has an extremely capable and insightful team of lawyers and patent attorneys which generate real synergy as a result of their combined practice and insight into complex patent actions.’
‘The legal expertise of their solicitors and the technical insight of their patent attorneys bring real strength to their offering and work on challenging litigation.’
‘Alex Morgan is tremendously effective in the detailed analysis and consideration of case management he brings to patent litigation.’
Solas OLED Ltd.
Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 (“IP Bridge”)
Unwired Planet International Limited
- Representing Optis and Unwired Planet before the High Court and Court of Appeal in their long-running and ongoing dispute with Apple regarding the licensing of their patent portfolio. The dispute involves several technical and non-technical trials encompassing issues such as the validity, infringement, and essentiality of patents and FRAND licensing.
- Representing Solas OLED before the Patents Court as part of in its multi-jurisdictional patent dispute with Samsung involving OLED display technology.
- Representing ThroughPuter before the Patents Court against Microsoft.
EIP > Firm Profile
EIP is a leading IP law firm advising on high-value and complex patent matters. Our multidisciplinary team combines patent attorneys, litigators and commercial IP lawyers, and we operate in three of the world’s main patent markets – Germany, UK and USA, and now also in the Nordics through our recent expansion into Sweden.
The benefit of this combination is well illustrated by EIP’s successful representation of clients in high stakes patent litigation before the UK High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and before the German District and Federal Courts.
Aside from the more mainstream drafting and prosecution practices, EIP’s patent attorneys work closely with the litigation team in the UK and Germany providing additional technical expertise on large scale international patent litigation matters.
EIP is increasingly involved in advisory and strategic project work in relation to the enforcement of patent rights, including portfolio analyses, infringement and validity analyses and claim charting, as well as strategic IP advice such as due diligence related to acquisitions and joint ventures. Members of their team often counsel clients on strategic patent portfolio management and development matters, and EIP has been retained to assist in developing high-level IP strategies for some of the world’s largest companies.
In 2022 EIP was named “European Firm of the Year for Patent Litigation” by Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) after being named “Firm of the Year for Patent Litigation” for four years from 2018 to 2021 by Managing IP. EIP is a Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IAM Patent 1000, IP Stars, and JUVE recommended firm as well as being recognised in the FT list of Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms.
Other offices: Bath, Cardiff, Düsseldorf, Leeds, Denver, Stockholm
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|Patent Prosecution||Heather McCannemail@example.com|
|Matthew Blaseby||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney||View Profile|
|David Brinck||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney||View Profile|
|Paula Flutter||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Trademark Attorney||View Profile|
|Ben Maling||Managing Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney||View Profile|
|Gemma Martynwood||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney||View Profile|
|Heather McCann||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney||View Profile|
|Gareth Probert||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney||View Profile|
|Monika Rai||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Solicitor||View Profile|
|James Seymour||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney||View Profile|
|Darren Smyth||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Design Attorney||View Profile|
|Jerome Spaargaren||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney||View Profile|
|Andrew Thompson||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney||View Profile|
|Tom Brazier||Partner, Solicitor||View Profile|
|Kathleen Fox Murphy||Partner, Solicitor||View Profile|
|Mark Lubbock||Partner, Solicitor||View Profile|
|Robert Lundie Smith||Partner, Solicitor||View Profile|
|Gary Moss||Chairman, Solicitor||View Profile|
|Andrew Sharples||Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Solicitor||View Profile|