Matt Lawman > EIP > Bath, England > Lawyer Profile

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EIP Strategy, EIP Digital.


Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney


Matt joined EIP after three years as IP Director in an IP-rich photonics start-up. For the 10 years before that he was an in-house IP counsel in BT and then Hewlett-Packard, developing patent portfolios for HP Labs in the fields of Internet security and cryptography. His commercial experience from in-house roles combined with an innate ability to distil complex legal subject matter into easily digestible advice underlies Matt’s approach to practice. Matt is well placed to advise clients on the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) – see further details at EIP Amar, our alliance created to support clients in any litigation before the UPC.

Matt is head of the EIP Strategy practice group, and in 2013 and 2014 was acknowledged as being one of the world’s leading IP strategists in the IAM Strategy 300. He has extensive experience of developing, communicating and implementing IP strategies and is regularly called upon to do so by companies ranging from start-up, through SME to leading FTSE-100 names.

Matt’s patent practice spans a broad base of technologies including electronics, software, machine learning, computer hardware and architectures, semiconductors and telecommunications networks and systems.

  • 2005 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2004 — 2006
    IP Director, Zoo Digital Group plc
  • 2001 — 2004
    IP Director, Blaze Photonics
  • 1997 — 2001
    IP Counsel, Hewlett-Packard
  • 1992 — 1997
    Patent Attorney, BT
  • 1991 — 1992
    Data Comms Engineer, BT
  • 1989 — 1991
    R&D Software Engineer, Philips Medical Systems


Conversational French.




  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2002
  • European Patent Attorney, 2003
  • 1987 — 1991
    MEng, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey


Swimming, cycling, film.

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.