Gemma Wooden

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

After her DPhil, Gemma worked as a research fellow based at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s highest energy particle accelerator. She continued the work of her DPhil towards the discovery of the Higgs boson, the last remaining undiscovered particle in the Standard Model of particle physics, which was found in July 2012.

As part of this research, Gemma gained experience in software development in a variety of different programming languages. In particular, Gemma worked on the development of multivariate techniques, including artificial intelligence-based methods such as artificial neural networks, to enhance the sensitivity of searches for the Higgs boson. Gemma also gained an understanding of big data analysis and the use of distributed computing networks.

Since joining EIP, Gemma has continued to work on the drafting and prosecution of software patent applications, including those related to image processing and artificial intelligence. She has also obtained extensive experience of electronics-based technology, and has worked on the drafting and prosecution of patent applications in a diverse range of other areas such as medical devices, automotive engineering and printing systems.

As part of her work at EIP, Gemma has liaised directly with and advised senior in-house counsel of a major multinational hardware and online retailer, to coordinate drafting and prosecution of a large portfolio. This has involved leading interviews with examiners in the US, often successfully reaching allowance without requiring further rounds of examination. She has also gained valuable experience of the subtleties of patent law in a number of different jurisdictions, including the US, Europe, China, Japan and South Korea.


  • Secondment to the in-house IP department of a FTSE-100 telecoms client

Recent work

  • Patent prosecution, drafting and litigation experience in areas including electronics and computer-related inventions.

Published articles

  • 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)
  • 2 October 2013
    Lexology, FA Premier League takes the lead in battle against linking to infringing match content (link)
  • 12 March 2013
    Lexology, Added matter and omnibus claims: a UK perspective (link)
  • 17 September 2012
    Physics Letters B, 716(1), pp. 1-29, Observation of a new particle in the search for the Standard Model Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector at the LHC


  • Computer implemented inventions
  • Software
  • Electronics

Education and qualifications

  • UK Patent Attorney, 2016
  • European Patent Attorney, 2016

  • 2013 — 2014
    Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (Distinction), Queen Mary University of London
  • 2007 — 2011
    Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford
  • 2003 — 2007
    Master of Physics, University of Oxford

Career history

  • 2017 — present
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2012 — 2016
    Associate, EIP
  • 2011 — 2012
    Research Fellow, University of Michigan

Awards and recognition

  • Ranked as "Rising Star", IP Stars 2019 (link)
  • Ranked as "Rising Star", IP Stars 2018 (link)
  • "Gemma Wooden is a rising star to watch", IP Stars 2017

Languages spoken

  • French (Intermediate)
  • German (Basic)