David Hole

Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney

David is a UK and European Patent Attorney with a background in electrical engineering focusing on telecoms, wireless technology and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). He joined EIP after four years at a large UK IP firm as Technical Assistant where he prosecuted and drafted applications in fields including mobile communications and machine-to-machine / internet-of-things (M2M/IoT) systems.

David has over ten years’ experience participating in 3GPP representing Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks, and BlackBerry and is a named inventor on a number of patents relating to wireless communications.

At BlackBerry, David managed the development of its standards essential patent (SEP) portfolio, from invention disclosure review and patent filing approval to claim chart drafting and support to the licensing team. He led an international team of subject matter experts who represented BlackBerry at 3GPP and other international standards organisations.

At Stanford University, David was a Teaching Assistant for courses on internet and wireless communication standards and developed the first course there on wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11) standards. His research focussed on IEEE 802.11 protocols and multimedia applications.

Published articles

  • September 2021
    Newsflash, Ask the Experts: What can I do if someone is using my invention without my permission? (link)
  • August 2021
    Newsflash, Ask the Experts: How can I manage the costs of a patent? (link)
  • August 2021
    Newsflash, Ask the Experts: Can a patent attorney help your business? (link)
  • August 2021
    Newsflash, Ask the Experts: Can I get a patent for my invention? (link)
  • July 2021
    Newsflash, If you claim ‘a duck’, does it have to quack? - Construction of technical terms (link)
  • December 2018
    CIPA Journal, FRAND licensing - does Huawei v Unwired Planet answer all the questions?
  • May 2005
    IEEE Xplore, Video-conferencing and data traffic over an IEEE 802.11g WLAN using DCF and EDCA (link)
  • June 2004
    IEEE Xplore , Capacity of an IEEE 802.11b wireless LAN supporting VoIP (link)


  • Mobile telecommunications
  • Electronics
  • Standards Essential Patents

Education and qualifications

- European Patent Attorney, 2021

- UK Patent Attorney, 2021

  • 2017
    Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2000 — 2005
    PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • 1995 — 1999
    MEng (Hons, First Class) in Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Career history

  • 2021 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2017 — 2021
    Technical Assistant, D Young & Co LLP
  • 2013 — 2017
    Director, Standards, BlackBerry
  • 2009 — 2012
    Standards Manager, BlackBerry
  • 2005 — 2009
    Consultant Engineer, Roke Manor Research
  • 2000 — 2005
    Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant, Stanford University