Ben Willows > EIP > Bath, England > Lawyer Profile

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EIP Digital, EIP Dynamics, EIP Energy, EIP HealthTech


Managing Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney, Design Attorney


Ben joined EIP from the IP department at Dyson where he was responsible for managing patent portfolios in the fields of motors and power systems, automotive powertrain, and automotive electrical engineering. At Dyson Ben’s role included creating and implementing global patent filing strategies, conducting freedom-to-operate reviews and drafting and prosecution of patent applications worldwide. He also gained further experience in opposition and appeal proceedings, the monitoring of third-party rights, and registered designs.

Since joining EIP, Ben has dealt with inventions in a wide range of technology areas, and his work spans several of EIP’s practice groups. Particular areas of experience and interest for Ben include consumer electronics, aerospace, power electronics, autonomous vehicles, image processing systems, and computer systems and software. Recently Ben has carried out extensive drafting to further enhance the patent portfolios of several clients, as well as successfully representing clients in Examination Division and Opposition Division oral proceedings at the EPO, and hearings at the UKIPO. Ben takes an active role in EIP’s training program, providing tutorials and training assistance for several trainee attorneys.

Ben also has previous private practice experience, where he worked for clients in technology areas including medical and healthcare devices, construction, and LED lighting systems.

  • 2022 — present
    Managing Associate, EIP
  • 2020 — 2022
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2019 — 2020
    Associate, EIP
  • 2017 — 2019
    Patent Attorney, Dyson Technology Limited
  • 2012 — 2017
    Associate, Adamson Jones IP


  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Litigation, 2017
  • European Patent Attorney, 2016
  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2016
  • 2008 — 2012
    MSci (Hons) Natural Sciences, University of Durham

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.