Gemma Martynwood

Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
London

Gemma works for some of EIP's largest clients, primarily in the fields of software relating to image processing and artificial intelligence. She also has extensive experience in electronics-based inventions, including manufacturing techniques for electronic devices, control systems (including both software and hardware), and pixel design for display devices, involving structural and optical considerations. In addition, she has gained familiarity with a diverse range of other technology areas such as medical devices, automotive engineering and printing systems.

Gemma has been seconded to the in-house patents department of a telecommunications multinational, where she has gained valuable knowledge of the commercial considerations in building, managing and enforcing a substantial patent portfolio. For one of EIP’s major hardware and online retail clients, Gemma has advised senior in-house counsel to coordinate drafting and prosecution of a large portfolio, across multiple jurisdictions.

Gemma has experience of contentious matters, including patent litigation before the UK High Court alongside the EIP Legal team and opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office. She has also participated in appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office.

Prior to joining EIP 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.

Experience

  • Secondment to the in-house IP department of a FTSE-100 telecoms client
  • Align Technologies v ClearCorrect. Provided litigation support to the EIP Legal team, who acted for ClearCorrect in its defence against alleged infringement of four of Align’s medical device patents. The dispute between the parties in the UK was settled after the exchange of expert evidence.
  • Good Technology v MobileIron and AirWatch. Provided litigation support to the EIP Legal team, who acted for Good Technology Inc., on issues of infringement arising in UK High Court patent proceedings involving mobile device management and security patents. (link)

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

Education and qualifications

  • UK Chartered 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

  • 2020 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2017 — 2020
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2012 — 2016
    Associate, EIP
  • 2011 — 2012
    Research Fellow, University of Michigan

Awards and recognition

  • Listed as 'Notable practitioner', IP Stars 2022 (link)
  • 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)

Additional information

Member of CIPA's Diversity and Inclusivity (D&I) Committee.