Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney
London, EIP Europe LLP
Matthew specialises in the electronics sector, on both hardware and software, with his chemical skills allowing him to understand technologies at the interface of materials, chemicals and electronics.
With nearing 15 years of drafting patent applications, Matthew has strong experience in developing patent portfolios. For example, Matthew works closely with a major US client, drafting many patent applications under their direct instruction. This requires a real understanding of the needs for US prosecution and litigation, in addition to the specific requirements for Europe and other countries.
Matthew has for many years managed prosecution of portfolios across many countries. He is experienced and articulate in leading interviews with US, European and UK examiners, to progress prosecution efficiently. This often yields good results which written prosecution alone cannot achieve.
As a work highlight, since 2005, Matthew continues to build and manage prosecution of a substantial international patent portfolio owned by a leading multinational. The technology is a rich combination of electronics (including control systems and software) together with the mechanics and physics of electronically controlled hardware, optics and chemistry (including materials science and dyes).
Matthew’s personable approach is commercially focused and practical, with his experience ranging from multinationals to SMEs. In addition to specialising in patents (including also infringement and validity matters, ownership and due diligence), he is experienced in advising businesses on their broader IP strategy, with a sound understanding of the needs of smaller and newer businesses.
Matthew trained primarily under Jerome Spaargaren who founded EIP, and also under Derk Visser (the author of the leading and highly regarded book “The Annotated European Patent Convention”).He was the first trainee at EIP (the third employee!) and thrives on the energy of a growing and successful firm. He enjoys the rewards of working closely and directly with innovative clients, understanding their business, sharing their enthusiasm, and getting results.