Danny Butler

Of Counsel, UK and European Patent Attorney
Bath, EIP Europe LLP

Danny is former Head of IP at Airbus and led the engineering team at a UK IP firm before joining EIP.

Danny is frequently recognised as a leading IP practitioner by independent legal guides. He has considerable experience handling a diverse range of engineering technologies, including aerospace, food packaging, medical devices, electromechanical control systems, photolithography systems and manufacturing.

He is experienced in dealing with all aspects of IP law from drafting and prosecution to EPO opposition and appeal hearings, due diligence projects, providing clearance advice and coordinating patent litigation across multiple jurisdictions.

Danny’s approach to practice is influenced by his time in a corporate IP department and the strategic and financial considerations associated with building and maintaining a large patent portfolio. For a FTSE 250 multinational, Danny created a “virtual IP department” responsible for coordinating IP strategy, filing and prosecution, defining IP policies and procedures, and budgeting across the group of companies.

Danny has a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manchester and a Post-graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London.


  • Aerospace and automotive engineering
  • Medical devices
  • Food packaging
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineering

Education and qualifications

  • European Design Attorney, 2018
  • Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate, 2012
  • European Patent Attorney, 2006
  • UK Patent Attorney, 2006

  • 2003 — 2004
    Post-Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • 1997 — 2001
    M.Eng, Aerospace Engineering, University of Manchester

Career history

  • 2019 — present
    Of Counsel, EIP
  • 2018 — 2019
    Founder, UK and European Patent Attorney, Concept Intellectual Property
  • 2017 — 2018
    UK and European Patent Attorney, AIPEX
  • 2014 — 2018
    Partner, Wynne-Jones IP
  • 2012 — 2014
    Patent Attorney, Wynne-Jones IP
  • 2010 — 2012
    Head of IP, Airbus Operations
  • 2006 — 2010
    IP Counsel, Airbus Operations
  • 2004 — 2006
    Patent Attorney, Marks & Clerk
  • 2002 — 2004
    Trainee Patent Attorney, Dehns

Awards and recognition

  • Ranked as "Patent Star", IP Stars 2018
  • Ranked as "Patent Star", IP Stars 2017
  • Ranked as "Patent Star", IP Stars 2016