Ben Hoyle

Senior Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney
Bath, EIP Europe LLP


Ben’s experience covers a variety of technical fields, including software, data processing, databases, print and optics, document processing, networking, signal processing, telecommunications, and control systems. He enjoys drafting and prosecuting inventions in probabilistic processing, machine learning, intelligent systems, and other software and computer-implemented inventions in the UK, Europe and US.

From working with businesses including a university spin-out developing nanofabricated chemical gas sensors, a Far East multinational and local industry in South West England, Ben has gained valuable insight into the commercial realities behind the management of IP.

Ben tweets regularly at @bjh_ip on a variety of topics.

Recent work

  • Developing and managing IP policy and strategy for financial organisations with multi-billion pound revenues.
  • Managing patent portfolio associated with a successful multi-million pound Patent Box claim.
  • Patent drafting for clients in state-of-the-art big data, robotic and 3D printing technology.
  • Granted patents for clients in electronics, software, and telecommunications.
  • Protecting UX and UI features through European registered designs.
  • Accelerated UK patent grants in under a year and patent grants internationally within two years.

Published articles

  • Ongoing
    European Patents Handbook, Chapter 18A - Computer Implemented Inventions (link)
  • July 2013
    Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, Apple v Samsung: The Song Remains the Same
  • February 2012
    Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, All in the mind? UK High Court endorses narrow criteria for patentability exclusion: Halliburton's patent applications.
  • December 2011
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Starter for Ten

Education and qualifications

  • Certified European Patent Attorney, August 2009
  • Chartered UK Patent Attorney, May 2011
  • Registered European Design Attorney, March 2011

Ben's engineering degree consisted of two years general engineering covering all disciplines before specialising in information and computer engineering with modules in management and bioscience. He achieved a first class result for his third year and a distinction for his fourth year. His fourth year project involved detecting schizophrenia & cancer using biological markers and machine learning techniques.

Ben has completed Udacity courses in Artificial Intelligence, Web Development and Data Science. He has also completed Khan Academy courses on Micro and Macro Economics, Finance and Capital Markets, and Philosophy. He has an A-Level in Computer Science.

  • 2006 — 2007
    Certificate in IP Law (Distinction), Queen Mary, University of London
  • 2001 — 2005
    Masters in Engineering, University of Cambridge (Peterhouse)

Career history

  • 2010 — present
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2005 — 2010
    Technical Assistant / Associate, Gill Jennings & Every
  • 1998 — 2005
    Work Placements, Owlstone Ltd, Deltaform Ltd, Parsons Brinckerhof Ltd, Adidas Asia Pacific Ltd

Awards and recognition

  • Awarded the Charles Babbage Scholarship for Engineering in 2004.

Speaking engagements

  • February 2014
    CIPA Webinar, Software & Patenting: An Introduction

Additional information

In his spare time Ben likes to program in Python, hack household electronics and make things with his young children.