Colin Lobban

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

Colin is a former division head of IP at Dyson and has 20 years of experience in intellectual property.

During his 13 years at Dyson Colin lead the IP teams responsible for the vacuum cleaner and brushless motor divisions, and then later the automotive and battery programmes. He was responsible for developing and executing Dyson’s IP strategy, managed all patent drafting and prosecution and freedom-to-operate activities in all areas, with a particular focus on powertrain, HVAC, and power electronics.

Colin’s pragmatic approach to providing IP advice includes an innate sense of where IP sits in a commercial context. He is highly experienced in strategic matters, identifying IP risks and opportunities, budgeting and auditing of IP portfolios. Colin also has experience in contentious matters, including running patent litigation in Japan, European oppositions and appeals and invalidation actions.

Before joining Dyson Colin worked for two IP firms in London. He has a Ph.D in Physics from University College London, and a degree in Physics from the University of East Anglia.

Published articles

  • 1998
    Nature, Vol. 391, 268

Education and qualifications

  • European Patent Attorney, 2004
  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2004

  • 2002
    Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • 1998
    D.Phil Physics, University College London
  • 1992
    BSc. (Hons) Physics, University of East Anglia

Career history

  • 2020 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2018 — present
    IP Category Head (Automotive and Energy Storage), Dyson
  • 2015 — 2018
    IP Category Head (Floorcare and Energy Storage), Dyson
  • 2007 — 2015
    Senior Patent Attorney, Dyson
  • 2004 — 2007
    Senior Associate, Forresters
  • 2000 — 2004
    Trainee Attorney, Stevens Hewlett & Perkins