Iain Russell

Of Counsel, UK and European Patent Attorney, Design Attorney
London, EIP Europe LLP

Iain works on patents primarily in the telecommunications and computer-implemented invention spaces. He has worked with clients in many sectors, including data security, computer networks, telecommunications (in particular mobile telecommunications), artificial intelligence and machine learning, video codecs, audio hardware, fashion-tech and musical instrument accessories. He has a seat on the Computer Technology Committee of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and contributed to the chapter on the patentability of computer-related inventions in the European Patents Handbook for several years.

Iain advises on all aspects of design protection and has contributed to the chapter in the Community Designs Handbook on filing Registered Community Design applications. He previously worked as an IP consultant for an innovation consultancy in Cambridge.

Iain has a creative and entrepreneurial side having co-founded a start-up which has developed a specialist online recruitment platform for patent attorneys, Patently Jobvious. This gives Iain first-hand experience of some of the common issues and concerns faced by start-ups in the technology space, with whom he particularly enjoys working. Iain is an Intellectual Property Expert-in-Residence at the Imperial Enterprise Lab (for student entrepreneurs at Imperial College London).

Iain is the author of “How to Pass P3”, the first-ever book on how to pass the UK patent drafting examination. He has tutored and lectured for several years on the subjects of inventive step, patent drafting and amendment of patent applications for JDD, CEIPI and CIPA Informals. He oversaw setting and marking of the amendment paper for qualification as a UK Patent Attorney as a member of the Joint Examination Board. He regularly presents on a wide range of legal topics, including registered designs, European and international patent prosecution and international prior art disclosure requirements.

Iain has a first class degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Warwick, where he was awarded a prize for the highest marks on his course.

With a lifelong interest in music, music technology and musical instruments (especially guitars), Iain authors the Patents Rock blog and tweets at @patentsrock. http://www.patentsrock.com.


  • Successfully represented Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) in Hearing before UK IPO. (link)

Recent work

  • Handling worldwide prosecution of large patent portfolio in telecommunications space for Unwired Planet.
  • Identifying potential 3GPP standards relevance of several patent applications in large Unwired Planet portfolio.

Published articles

  • April 2014
    Lexology, Trunki decision overturned based on different interpretation of scope of design (link)
  • September 2013
    Lexology, The strengths of registered designs: how Trunki fought off the competition (link)
  • August 2013
    Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, Registered designs: prior art and the informed user's design awareness (link)
  • June 2013
    Lexology, Design drawings: more than meets the eye (link)
  • August 2012
    Lexology, Design right re-design (link)
  • August 2012
    Lexology, Exceptions to the privilege of self-incrimination (link)
  • 21 February 2012
    The Independent, Registered designs: are you missing out? (link)


  • Music Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Software

Education and qualifications

  • Chartered and European Patent Attorney

  • 2001 — 2004
    BSc Mathematics and Physics, University of Warwick

Career history

  • 2020 — present
    Of Counsel, EIP
  • 2017 — 2019
    Partner, EIP
  • 2011 — 2017
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2006 — 2010
    Associate, Brookes Batchellor
  • 2006
    IP Consultant, Innovia Technology
  • 2004 — 2006
    Trainee Patent Attorney, Venner Shipley

Awards and recognition

  • Legal 500, 2018: Iain Russell is "extremely technical but also very personable".
  • Legal 500, 2017: Recommended for his ‘attention to detail and thorough understanding of telecommunications’.
  • Achieved highest mark in Europe in European Qualifying Examination 2009 ‘Amendment’ paper, with paper published as a model answer. (link)

Languages spoken

  • English (Fluent)
  • French (Intermediate)

Speaking engagements

  • 13 November 2019
    Commercial UAV Show 2019, Blue-sky Patenting And Innovation: How To Patent Forward-looking Drone Innovations
  • 12 June 2017
    London Technology Week 2017, Legal rights and wrongs of starting and growing a tech business
  • 7 December 2016
    Talk to students on the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) course, managed jointly by the School of Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College, "What I Wish I Knew About IP"
  • 23 June 2016
    London Technology Week 2016, Legal rights and wrongs of starting and growing a tech business
  • 28 April 2016
    Central Working Shoreditch, Intellectual Property Rights & Wrongs
  • 16 Sept 2014
    London Design Festival 2014, V&A Museum, Don’t just patent it. Protect it. (link)
  • March 2013
    Central St Martins College, IP Overview workshop (patent and registered design formalities and costs),
  • 1 February 2012
    Design Icons: Cambridge Innovation Festival , ideaSpace (Cambridge) (link)
  • October 2011
    EIP Seminar, Registered designs: are you missing out?

Additional information

Author of CIPA guide - How to Pass P3.

Inventor on ten granted patents.