John Williams

Partner, Chairman
London, EIP Europe LLP

John is the Chairman of EIP and has a key role in the management of the firm. He has considerable commercial experience in the IP profession, and in management positions for a range of companies.

Having joined EIP in 2009 as a non-executive director, John held the role of Chief Executive Officer for four years, and played a significant part in the continued growth and success of EIP over the last few years.

John is an experienced entrepreneur who has built and sold a number of businesses, including a patent and trademark company, which he co-founded in 2001 and built into a thriving practice before selling his shareholding in 2008. John originally trained as a teacher before founding a seafood company in 1980 which evolved into a successful business selling a range of innovative chilled products to all the major supermarket chains in the UK. He has first-hand experience of acquisitions and disposals, and raising finance for businesses including a VC-funded MBO of a food division from a Plc.


  • Non-executive Director of two companies, an Intellectual Property services company based in London and a furniture designer, manufacturer, importer and wholesaler based in Norfolk (2008-2013).
  • Intellectual Property Institute Council member 2006-08.
  • Government appointee to Eastern Sea Fisheries Management Committee 1994-2000.
  • Chairman Cromer Town Football Club 1995-99.

Education and qualifications


  • 1984 — 1986
    Part-time degree studies in Philosophy with Economics, University of East Anglia
  • 1971 — 1974
    Teaching Certificate , Sunderland College of Education

Career history

  • 2018 — present
    Chairman, EIP
  • 2014 — 2018
    Chief Executive Officer, EIP
  • 2009 — 2014
    Non-Executive Director, EIP
  • 2006 — 2008
    Managing Director, ip21 Ltd
  • 2000 — 2006
    Founder and Commercial Director, ip21 Ltd
  • 1985 — 1999
    Founder , Williams of West Runton, interior designers
  • 1980 — 2000
    Founder, The Cromer Crab Company