Ben Maling > EIP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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EIP Digital, EIP HealthTech.


Managing Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney


Ben specialises in protecting and leveraging IP in software and data, with a particular focus on AI. He is regularly sought out by colleagues and clients for his expertise in this area, and has previously run weekly training sessions on deep learning for patent attorneys and solicitors at EIP.

Ben is a strong advocate for the value of human engagement, and enjoys nothing more than getting to know his clients and their business needs. He understands the conflict felt by decision makers wishing to protect their revenue streams and investment, whilst also promoting collaboration to accelerate development, raise their company’s profile, and attract top talent. He therefore believes in a holistic approach to IP strategy: for software companies, patents are only part of the story, and need to be deployed in combination with a proper grip on trade secrets, copyright and open source strategy.

Clients stick with Ben for his ability to engage on a deep technical level, and to deliver advice with a relatable, personable approach.

  • 2023 — present
    Managing Associate, EIP
  • 2021 — 2023
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2016 — 2021
    Associate, EIP
  • 2008 — 2012
    Physics & Maths Teacher / Head of Physics & Maths, Westminster Tutors, London
  • 2009 — 2011
    Physics & Maths Tutor, Graveney School, London



  • UK Patent Attorney, 2021
  • European Patent Attorney, 2021
  • 2017 — 2018
    Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law , Queen Mary University of London
  • 2013 — 2016
    PhD Applied Mathematics, Imperial College London
  • 2012 — 2013
    MSc Applied Mathematics , Imperial College London
  • 2005 — 2008
    BA Physics , University of Oxford

Lawyer Rankings

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

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.