Ritchie Daniel

Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney, Design Attorney

Ritchie is a UK and European Patent Attorney with over nine years’ legal experience in the IP profession and over three years’ technical experience as a mechanical engineer in the automotive sector. Ritchie has a special interest in innovations in transport, especially micromobility.

Ritchie is experienced in drafting patent applications for prosecuting worldwide, and advises clients ranging from individuals, to SMEs and multinational corporations. Ritchie has particular experience in prosecuting patent applications in Europe, in addition to the UK, and frequently liaises with attorneys in most of the major jurisdictions, including the US, Japan and China. Ritchie’s practice includes advising on third-party patent rights for validity, infringement, and freedom-to-operate opinions, as well as preparing and filing oppositions and third-party observations at the EPO. His experience spans a variety of mechanical and electromechanical fields including aerospace and automotive engineering, manufacturing, consumer products, industrial machinery and devices, energy harvesting applications, tooling, bathroom appliances and electronic devices (such as display apparatuses, printers, cameras and domestic goods). Ritchie is also capable of advising on design protection matters including the registration of design rights in the UK.

Before starting his career in IP, Ritchie gained technical industry experience as an engine development engineer for a multinational diesel engine manufacturer and then as a calibration engineer for a renowned automotive consultancy.

Ritchie graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In addition, Ritchie holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, where his research was published in several journals and he was awarded prizes for his academic achievement.


  • Drafting and prosecuting patents for a UK-based FTSE-100 multinational company.
  • Filing several EPO oppositions on mechanical and consumer electronics subject-matter.

Published articles

  • March 2021
    EIP Newsflash, Protecting Artificial Intelligence Inventions in the UK (link)
  • February 2021
    LinkedIn, How Innovations in Safety can assist E-scooter Regulators (link)
  • January 2021
    LinkedIn, Innovations in Personal Mobility (link)
  • October 2012
    Applied Energy, Combustion Performance of 2,5-Dimethylfuran Blends using Dual-Injection (link)
  • 2012
    SAE Technical Paper, Split-Injection Strategies at Wide-Open Throttle using Gasoline, Ethanol and 2,5- (link)
  • 2012
    SAE International Journal of Fuels and Lubricants, Dual-Injection as a Knock Mitigation Strategy using Ethanol and Methanol (link)
  • February 2011
    Fuel, Effect of Spark Timing and Load on a DISI engine fuelled with 2,5-Dimethylfuran (link)
  • 2009
    SAE Technical Paper, Analysis of US and EU Drive Styles to Improve Understanding of Market Usage and the Effects on OBD Monitor IUMPR (link)


  • Mechanical engineering
  • Automotive engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Micromobility

Education and qualifications

  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Litigation, 2017
  • European Patent Attorney, 2016
  • UK Patent Attorney, 2016

  • 2009 — 2012
    PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • 2002 — 2007
    MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath

Career history

  • 2018 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2011 — 2018
    Patent Attorney, Appleyard Lees
  • 2007 — 2009
    Graduate Calibration Engineer, MAHLE Powertrain
  • 2004 — 2005
    Undergraduate Performance Development Engineer, Cummins Engine Co.

Awards and recognition

  • Hufton (PG) Scholarship for outstanding academic performance, 2012
  • Austin Rover prize (PG) for most worthwhile thesis, 2011
  • Birmingham IMechE Speak Out for Engineering, 2010