Jan Walaski > Venner Shipley LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Venner Shipley LLP
200 Aldersgate
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Work Department

Electronics & Software


Jan heads up the firm’s Electronics and Engineering Group. He is a UK and European patent attorney and solicitor. Prior to his legal career, he gained industry experience as a control engineer in one of the UK’s largest chemical/pharmaceutical companies, working mainly on control technology and software simulation of manufacturing processes.

Jan specialises in patent prosecution and advice in the electronics and software fields. He enjoys the variety and challenge of working in new fields of technology and has gained experience over a wide range of technical subject matter, including cryptography, digital systems, display technology, telecommunications, operating system software and fuel and battery cell technology, to name but a few. He also has substantial experience of prosecuting applications in the challenging area of business related software, where he has acted for a betting exchange as well as providers of trading, gaming and other internet based platforms.

Jan has extensive experience of European prosecution, opposition and appeal procedures and is increasingly involved in litigation matters, both before the EPO and in infringement proceedings before the UK courts, as part of Venner Shipley’s legal team.


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of the European Patent Institute
  • Member of the Law Society


Jan attended the University of Southampton where he gained a first class honours degree in Electronic Engineering. He then completed his Law Society Finals with distinction at Chester College of Law.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Venner Shipley LLP merged with Brookes IP in November 2020, adding patent and design expert Rosemary Eve, who focuses on semiconductor and medical device patents, and Jonathan Hancox, an engineering specialist, as partners and senior associate Emma Hodge, who has extensive experience in the pharmaceuticals and consumer health sectors. The firm stands out through its prestigious list of clients in AI-related matters, its EPO oppositions and appeal clout, and its experience in advising on standard essential patents. The registered designs practice, which advises on graphic user interfaces, is another asset. In January 2021, biotechnology expert Kirsty Simpson joined in London from Withers & Rogers, and Robert Peake in London made partner in July 2020. The firm also has an office in Munich. Jan Walaski is the firm’s managing partner. The chemical and life sciences, electronics and software, mechanical engineering and litigation teams make up the firm.