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Iain Russell

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Iain works on patents primarily in the telecommunications and computer-implemented invention spaces. He has worked with clients in many sectors, including data security, computer networks, telecommunications (in particular mobile telecommunications), artificial intelligence and machine learning, video codecs, audio hardware, fashion-tech and musical instrument accessories. He has a seat on the Computer Technology Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and contributed to the chapter on the patentability of computer-related inventions in the European Patents Handbook for several years.

As head of EIP Designs, he advises on all aspects of design protection and has contributed to the chapter in the Community Designs Handbook on filing Registered Community Design applications. He previously worked as an IP consultant for an innovation consultancy in Cambridge.

Iain has a creative and entrepreneurial side having co-founded a start-up which has developed a specialist online recruitment platform for patent attorneys, Patently Jobvious. This gives Iain first-hand experience of some of the common issues and concerns faced by start-ups in the technology space, with whom he particularly enjoys working.

Iain is the author of “How to Pass P3”, the first-ever book on how to pass the UK patent drafting examination. He has tutored and lectured for several years on the subjects of inventive step, patent drafting and amendment of patent applications for JDD, CEIPI and CIPA Informals. He oversaw setting and marking of the amendment paper for qualification as a UK Patent Attorney as a member of the Joint Examination Board. He regularly presents on a wide range of legal topics, including registered designs, European and international patent prosecution and international prior art disclosure requirements.


Trained at Venner Shipley, 2004; associate at Brookes Batchellor, 2006. Jonied EIP as a senior associate in 2011 and was made partner in 2017.




BSc Mathematics and Physics, University of Warwick, 2004.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

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The 'excellent' EIP is 'very responsive and professional in all matters' and has clients that include British American Tobacco, Unwired Planet and Visa. Jerome Spaargaren leads the team and specialises in electronics, computing and optics. He recently advised the semiconductor and software design company Arm on drafting and filing patents. Mechanical engineering expert Richard Gordon-Brown advised Airbus on drafting and prosecution issues. Other highlights for the firm included Chris Price advising Rakuten on opposing two patents relating to software and e-commerce and Matt Lawman assisting Reach Robotics with filing PCT applications. The 'extremely technical but also very personable' Iain Russell was recently made partner. Heather McCann, Laurence Brown, Andrew Sharples and Darren Smyth are also recommended.

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