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.