Matthew Blaseby

Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
London

With 20 years of experience, Matthew is valued for his strategic drafting and prosecution expertise, especially where there is an interplay between the US and Europe.

Matthew specialises in patenting complex devices, often at the cross-over of technical disciplines. A chemist by qualification, his experience is rich and diverse - he understands materials’ physical, optical and electrical properties at the molecular / nano-functional level, and how they are used and electronically controlled in a commercial device.

Examples include: microfluidics, electrowetting, fluid diagnostic and point-of-care devices incl. lab on a chip, pixel design incl. materials and optics, pixel matrix driving schemes, device control systems (software and hardware), medical devices incl. surgical guides and implants, photonic circuits, gas sensors, semiconductors, microfabrication techniques.

Matthew’s approach is dynamic, practical and commercial. As the first trainee (the third employee!) at EIP, he trained primarily under Jerome Spaargaren (founder of EIP) and Derk Visser (author of the leading text book “The Annotated Guide to the European Patent Convention”). Matthew thrives on the energy of a growing and successful firm, and enjoys working directly with innovative clients, understanding their business, sharing their enthusiasm, and getting results.

Experience

  • Drafting and prosecuting a substantial international patent portfolio (ultimately ~1,000 assets) for Liquavista, a spin-out of Koninklijke Philips N.V. Based on its quality, the portfolio was ultimately acquired by Amazon
  • One of only two client-recommended European attorneys for a top 10 Fortune 500 company
  • Drafting numerous patent applications for direct US filing and international prosecution (incl. US and Europe)
  • High success rate from examiner interviews (US and Europe)
  • Infringement research including revenue analytics and claim charting
  • Strategic prosecution for coordinated multinational (GB / DE and US) litigation
  • High value oppositions and divisionals
  • Advising small / medium businesses on IP creation and building a patent portfolio
  • Invention harvesting and educating inventors on what can be patented
  • Patent analytics / due diligence for patent acquisition
  • Prosecution for UK Patent Box claim, incl. coordinating with HMRC guidance and auditor
  • IP ownership matters, including complex assignment projects

Published articles

  • April 2022
    EIP Talks, Derk Visser’s insights: 30 years of studying the #EuropeanPatentConvention (link)
  • 10 December 2019
    JIPLP, There is no hope in inventive step (link)
  • 12 October 2017
    JIPLP, A hope to succeed - are the EPO Guidelines misleading? (link)
  • August 2011
    IP Counselor, Fighting Counterfeits on the European Frontline
  • March 2011
    EPI Information, Divisionals - Peering into the Mist (link)

Education and qualifications

  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney

  • 2003 — 2004
    Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 1998 — 2001
    Bachelor of Science (BSc), Chemistry, 1st class honours, University of Bristol

Career history

  • 2013 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2007 — 2013
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2002 — 2007
    Associate, EIP

Speaking engagements

  • 2 June 2011
    London Business School seminar, Managing IP from start-up to exit