Andrew Sharples > EIP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Litigation, EIP Elements, EIP Legal


Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Solicitor


As both a patent attorney and a solicitor, Andrew focuses on the prosecution and litigation of patents. With a background in molecular biology, his technical experience covers a range of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices technologies. He is also an expert on the complexities of FRAND, having represented clients in the leading UK FRAND cases, including Unwired Planet.

As co-head of the UK litigation team, Andrew has been responsible for litigation ranging from IPEC to the Supreme Court, and he is well placed to advise clients on the new Unified Patent Court (UPC); further details are at EIP Amar, our alliance created to support clients in any UPC litigation. On the prosecution side, Andrew advises on patent drafting and prosecution, oppositions, supplementary protection certificates and life cycle strategies, as well as advising on the patent related aspects of corporate transactions.

Andrew joined EIP after a decade in the patent group of a major international law firm. Andrew has a degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Edinburgh and a master’s in the Management of Intellectual Property from Queen Mary’s College, University of London.

  • 2010 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2000 — 2010
    Senior Associate, McDermott Will & Emery


Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); member of the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi); member of the Law Society.


  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • 1999 — 2000
    MSc Management of Intellectual Property, Queen Mary College, University of London
  • 1994 — 1998
    BSc Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh


Keen sports fan, cook and gardener, enjoys playing strategic board games.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)

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.