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TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 1

The ‘fantastic‘ dual practice at EIP, 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.

Practice head(s):

Jerome Spaargaren; Heather McCann; Matt Lawman

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Thompson; Ben Maling; Ben Willows; Robin Rickard; Richard Gordon-Brown; Darren Smyth; Gareth Probert; Chris Price; Monika Rai; Luke Galloway; Robert Barker; Felix Hall


‘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.’

Key clients










Work highlights

  • 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 3

An ‘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.

Practice head(s):

Gary Moss

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Sharples; Robert Lundie-Smith; Kathleen Fox Murphy; Alex Morgan


‘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.’

Key clients



Solas OLED Ltd.

Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 (“IP Bridge”)


Unwired Planet International Limited

ThroughPuter Inc.

Work highlights

  • 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 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 2023 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

Department Name Email Telephone
Digital Jerome Spaargaren jspaargaren@eip.com
Mechanical Richard Gordon-Brown rgordonbrown@eip.com
IP strategy Matt Lawman mlawman@eip.com
HealthTech & Chemistry Gareth Probert gprobert@eip.com
Life Sciences Monika Rai mrai@eip.com
Energy Laurence Brown lbrown@eip.com
Patent Litigation Andrew Sharples asharples@eip.com
Patent Litigation Robert Lundie Smith rlundiesmith@eip.com
Patent Prosecution Heather McCann hmccann@eip.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Matthew Blaseby photo Matthew Blaseby Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
David Brinck photo David Brinck Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
Paula Flutter photo Paula Flutter Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Trademark Attorney
Ben Maling photo Ben Maling Managing Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney
Gemma Martynwood photo Gemma Martynwood Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
Heather McCann photo Heather McCann Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
Gareth Probert photo Gareth Probert Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
Monika Rai photo Monika Rai Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Solicitor
James Seymour photo James Seymour Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
Darren Smyth photo Darren Smyth Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Design Attorney
Jerome Spaargaren photo Jerome Spaargaren Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
Andrew  Thompson photo Andrew Thompson Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
Photo Name Position Profile
Tom Brazier photo Tom Brazier Partner,  Solicitor
Kathleen Fox Murphy photo Kathleen Fox Murphy Partner, Solicitor
Mark Lubbock photo Mark Lubbock Partner, Solicitor
Robert Lundie Smith photo Robert Lundie Smith Partner, Solicitor
Gary Moss photo Gary Moss Chairman, Solicitor
Andrew Sharples photo Andrew Sharples Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Solicitor
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 53
Total staff : 185