Laurence Brown

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

Laurence has more than 17 years’ experience in intellectual property; obtaining commercially valuable patent rights, enforcing and defending patent rights after grant. A European Patent Attorney and a UK Chartered Patent Attorney (qualifying with the highest mark in his year), his practice covers a range of fields across engineering including electronics, computer systems and networking, medical devices, and general engineering.

Laurence has extensive experience of building and maintaining focussed, relevant patent portfolios for clients ranging from FTSE 100 and S&P 500 companies through to SMEs and individuals. This includes freedom-to-operate searching, identifying patentable inventions, advising on the prospects of obtaining useful patent protection, as well as drafting and prosecuting applications in the UK, Europe, US and worldwide.

On the contentious side, Laurence has advised and represented clients in post-grant enforcement against competitors and defended granted patents against invalidity actions. This includes opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office, post-grant revocation proceedings and declaration of non-infringement at the UK IPO, proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), and proceedings before the UK High Court.

Before training as a patent attorney, Laurence worked in the electricity industry.

Experience

  • MeadWestVaco Corp v Montreuil Offset O/053/09 Represented the patentee in post-grant revocation proceedings for DVD/Blu-ray packaging before the UKIPO. The patent was maintained with minor amendments. (link)
  • Unwired Planet – Worldwide prosecution counsel identifying and obtaining commercially relevant patent rights in the field of telecommunications.
  • Sonos, Inc. – European prosecution counsel for patents relating to consumer electronics, audio and networking.
  • Renesas Corporation – Drafting and worldwide prosecution of patents in the field of telecommunications (including developments proposed for standardisation by 3GPP).
  • Cordis Corporation (Johnson & Johnson). European prosecution counsel for patents relating to stents and catheters, including defending oppositions from competitors.
  • Morphy Richards – UK and European patent drafting and prosecution, including successful enforcement of UK patent for hair straighteners.
  • Genesis Microchip (since acquired by STMicroelectronics) – European prosecution counsel for patents relating to video processing, LCD drive electronics and DisplayPort.
  • Sony Corporation – European counsel for patents relating to consumer electronics and digital media.

Recent work

  • Drafted and prosecuted a UK patent application enabling around 80% of an SME’s revenue to fall within the UK Patent Box. With an accelerated process grant was obtained in less than a year.
  • Reviewing patent portfolios to identify possible standards essential patents.
  • Advising a UK SME on building a worldwide IP portfolio of relevance both to their own products and potential competitors. This included analysis of competitor activities and their IP position, drafting and prosecuting patents worldwide.

Specialities

  • Medical devices
  • Consumer electronics
  • Communications

Education and qualifications

Laurence has a first class degree in Engineering (Electrical and Information Sciences) from Cambridge University. This covered the fundamentals of Electrical, Electronic, Software, Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Laurence later specialised in Electronic, Electrical and computer systems engineering.

  • 2002
    Certificate in Intellectual Property, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 2000 — 2001
    Master of Engineering (Electrical & Information Sciences), Cambridge University
  • 1997 — 2000
    MA (Electrical & Information Sciences) (1st Class), Cambridge University

Career history

  • 2014 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2012 — 2014
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2003 — 2012
    Patent Attorney, Urquhart-Dykes & Lord
  • 2001 — 2003
    Technical Assistant, J. A. Kemp
  • 1996 — 2001
    Year in Industry placement and Sponsored Student, National Grid Company plc

Awards and recognition

  • Legal 500, 2018: Recommended Patent Attorney (link)
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2018. “Brown quickly gains the respect of right holders’ most senior management. He has amazing communication skills and knows how to deal with inexperienced inventors who have little to no IP knowledge.” (link)
  • Legal 500, 2017: Laurence is "responsive and diligent".
  • Legal 500, 2016
  • Gill Prize - Highest mark in the 2004 UK patent qualifying exams.

Speaking engagements

  • 11 October 2017
    Leeds Business Week 2017, How IP can add value to your business (link)
  • 19 October 2016
    Leeds Business Week 2016, 20 IP Mistakes to avoid
  • 28 September 2015
    3M BIC Seminar, IP RAW – Basics of Intellectual Property and its value to your company.
  • 20 November 2013
    EIP Seminar, The Patent Box: How businesses can benefit (link)