Matt Lawman

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


Matt joined EIP after three years as IP Director in an IP-rich photonics start-up. For the ten years before that he was an in-house IP counsel in BT and then Hewlett-Packard. His commercial experience from in-house roles combined with an innate ability to distil complex legal subject matter into easily digestible advice underlies Matt’s approach to practice.

Matt is head of the EIP Strategy practice group, and in 2013 and 2014 was acknowledged as being one of the world’s leading IP strategists in the IAM Strategy 300. He has extensive experience of developing, communicating and implementing IP strategies and is regularly called upon to do so by companies ranging from start-up, through SME to leading FTSE-100 names.

Matt's patent practice spans a broad base of technologies including electronics, banking, software, computer hardware and architectures, semiconductors, high capacity storage, and telecommunications networks and systems.

Published articles

  • February 2011
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Patent Strategies For Financial Institutions

Education and qualifications

Matt has a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Surrey, and sits on CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee.

  • 1987 — 1991
    MEng, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University of Surrey

Career history

  • 2005 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2004 — 2006
    IP Director, Zoo Digital Group plc
  • 2001 — 2004
    IP Director, Blaze Photonics
  • 1997 — 2001
    IP Counsel, Hewlett-Packard
  • 1992 — 1997
    Patent Attorney, BT
  • 1991 — 1992
    Data Comms Engineer, BT
  • 1989 — 1991
    R&D Software Engineer, Philips Medical Systems

Awards and recognition

  • IAM Patent 1000, 2018. “The depth of Matt Lawman’s technical knowledge is very impressive; he gets the hang of complex concepts quickly and always asks pertinent questions. As a bonus, he’s really accessible.” (link)
  • A "notable attorney", IP Stars 2017 (link)
  • IAM Patent 1000, 2017. "Matt Lawman heads the strategy practice group and is the trusted adviser of aerospace giant Airbus and e-cigarette leader British American Tobacco."
  • Ranked in IAM Strategy 300, 2013, 2014

Speaking engagements

  • 26 November 2018
    Unscripted, The challenges of managing and resourcing a modern IP team (link)
  • 11 June 2014
    One Nucleus BioWednesday, The Value of Intellectual Property (link)
  • 17 May 2013
    Low Carbon South West, Intellectual Property Rights and Wrongs (link)
  • November 2012
    Connect Yorkshire, Fit for Funding (link)
  • November 2012
    Venturefest Bristol, IP Clinic (link)
  • March 2012
    Connect Yorkshire, Fit for Funding (link)
  • 21 February 2012
    EIP seminar, The Patent Box
  • November 2011
    Venturefest Bristol 2011, IP Clinic (link)