Joanne Welch

Senior Associate, IP Litigator, UK and European Patent Attorney and Trademark Attorney
London, EIP Europe LLP

Having qualified and practised as a UK and European Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Attorney, Joanne now specialises in IP litigation.

Since joining EIP, Joanne has focussed on patent litigation, being lead associate in a patent infringement and validity action concerning medical devices and, more recently, in the area of telecommunications standards essential patents (Conversant v Huawei & ZTE [2020] EWHC 14 (Pat)).

Previously she was part of the dispute resolution team at an international IP firm where she was involved in High Court patent actions in both the electronics and life sciences fields with corresponding disputes across multiple jurisdictions and at the EPO.She advised on contentious trade mark matters, filed claims before IPEC and advised on anti-counterfeiting measures in the FMCG market.

Joanne gained understanding of the in-house perspective during her time at a synthetic materials multinational.She also has experience in the use of mediation for resolving IP matters.

She is a committee member and case officer for IP Pro Bono.

Recent work

  • Conversant v Huawei & ZTE, SEP technical trial and FRAND proceedings
  • Align v ClearCorrect, patent action concerning orthodontic appliances
  • GSK v Wyeth, patent action about meningitis vaccine
  • Nintendo v Philips, patent action on motion sensing and video imaging

Published articles

  • July/August 2016
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Unjustified Threats
  • October 2014
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Double Patenting


  • Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Trademarks

Education and qualifications

  • Higher Courts Litigation Certificate (2017)
  • Chartered and European Trademark Attorney (1990, 2016)
  • Chartered and European Patent Attorney (1988, 1989)

  • 1994 — 1996
    LL.B Law, City, University of London
  • 1981 — 1984
    MA Natural Sciences (Chemistry) , University of Cambridge

Career history

  • 2018 — present
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2017 — 2018
    Associate, EIP
  • 2012 — 2017
    Patent Attorney, IP Litigator, Rouse Legal