Richard Gordon-Brown

Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney, Design Attorney
Bath, EIP Europe LLP

With more than 15 years’ experience in private practice, Rick has drafted patent applications in a broad range of mechanical and electromechanical fields including aerospace engineering, handheld electronic devices, personal care products, packaging and dispensers, printing, electromagnetic energy harvesters, cash handling machines, surgical tables, portable hotels, and bathroom appliances. He also has a great deal of experience of prosecuting patent applications in all of these areas and others, including automotive engineering, railway infrastructure, medical devices, snack food manufacture, catalytic converters, semiconductor devices, mobile telecommunications, and magnetic storage devices.

Rick has significant experience in managing prosecution of multi-jurisdictional patent portfolios, with particular expertise in coordinating prosecution of patent families in Europe, North and South America, Russia, and Asia.

Rick has also been seconded over a period of three years to the in-house patents department of one of EIP’s clients, which has given him the opportunity to experience first-hand the management of an IP portfolio and risks posed by third party rights.

Rick’s work in the area of registered designs has included the preparation, filing and prosecution of design applications for various mechanical devices as well as for less conventional subject matter, such as digital user interfaces, logos and arrangements of the interiors of rooms. Rick is responsible for Chapter 3: “Making a Registered Community Design Application” of the Community Designs Handbook, which is published by Sweet & Maxwell. The Handbook takes a ‘how to’ approach, guiding the reader through the various stages of registering an RCD, and is a valuable reference for IP attorneys.


  • Secondment to the patents department of a UK-based FTSE-100 multinational company. In this role, Rick has gained valuable experience of managing a large patent and design portfolio relating to fast moving consumer goods and machinery for their manufacture
  • Ongoing drafting and prosecution of patent applications for a multinational commercial aircraft manufacturer
  • Ongoing drafting and worldwide prosecution of patent applications in the field of smoking articles

Recent work

  • Harvested innovations and prepared appropriate patent and registered design applications to seek protection for key assets of a young UK-based PLC
  • Presented to local businesses on ‘Effective Innovation Planning’

Education and qualifications

  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney

  • 2005 — 2006
    Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary College, University of London
  • 1999 — 2003
    MEng (Hons), Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham

Career history

  • 2014 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2013 — 2014
    Partner, Page White & Farrer
  • 2007 — 2013
    Patent Attorney, Page White & Farrer
  • 2004 — 2007
    Patent Assistant, Mewburn Ellis LLP

Awards and recognition

  • Legal 500, 2021 (link)
  • Legal 500, 2020 (link)
  • Invited to present to the Niche Vehicle Network’s annual Members' forum on the subject of ‘Protecting Innovation’

Speaking engagements

  • 25 November 2015
    Niche Vehicle Network Annual Members' Forum, Protecting Innovation
  • 12 March 2015
    EIP Seminar, Effective Innovation Planning

Additional information

  • Contributor to the Community Designs Handbook, 2015 to present.
  • Focus group leader in the University of Birmingham’s Formula Student motor racing team.