Ben Maling

Associate, Patent Scientist
London, EIP Europe LLP

Ben’s experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications in a variety of technical fields including image processing, signal processing, payment processing, acoustics, and blockchain. He has technical expertise in machine learning methods including Gaussian processes, reinforcement learning, and neural networks. Ben has also been involved in opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office.

Prior to joining EIP, Ben completed a PhD in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London, having previously spent four years teaching physics and maths at a private college. The focus of his PhD research was on developing analytical techniques, based on the tools of asymptotic analysis, for studying guided waves and resonant effects in periodic and quasi-periodic structures. Ben’s work has been published in various academic journals and he has presented at national and international conferences on a range of topics in applied mathematics.

Ben achieved a distinction in his MSc in Applied Mathematics at Imperial College London, and he holds a first class BA in Physics from Oxford University, where he was awarded a scholarship for his academic performance.

Published articles

  • 20 June 2017
    SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Journal on Applied Mathematics, Radiation from structured-ring resonators
  • 6 December 2016
    IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) Journal of Applied Mathematics, Asymptotic analysis of a Bragg fibre: a multiple scales approach
  • 10 November 2016
    Wave Motion, Dynamic homogenisation of Maxwell’s equations with applications to photonic crystals and localised waveforms on metasurfaces
  • 13 July 2016
    Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Whispering Bloch modes


  • Computer implemented inventions
  • Machine learning
  • Acoustics

Education and qualifications


  • 2017 — 2018
    Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (Distinction), Queen Mary University of London
  • 2013 — 2016
    PhD in Applied Mathematics, Imperial College London
  • 2012 — 2013
    MSc in Applied Mathematics, Imperial College London
  • 2005 — 2008
    BA in Physics, University of Oxford

Career history

  • 2016 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2008 — 2012
    Physics & Maths Teacher / Head of Physics & Maths, Westminster Tutors, London
  • 2009 — 2011
    Physics & Maths Tutor, Graveney School, London

Speaking engagements

  • 27 July 2016
    Meta ’16 conference, Malaga, Whispering Bloch modes
  • 23 June 2016
    Metamaterials, Beyond Photonics conference, Edinburgh, Whispering Bloch modes
  • 15 August 2015
    Meta ’15 conference, New York, Homogenisation for short waves in metamaterials and photonic crystals