Pete Wilson

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

Pete’s commercial approach to practice is underpinned by his 17-year career working in the in-house IP department at BT.

In addition to managing BT’s international portfolio of patents and registered designs, Pete led a team of patent attorneys who worked closely with inventors to determine patentable inventions, and alongside IP exploitation specialists to identify third-party rights of commercial interest.

Pete was also responsible for co-ordinating BT’s defence against claims of patent infringement in the UK and the USA and also helped prepare and develop a number of cases of patent infringement litigation in the USA.

Pete has worked across a wide range of technologies, including broadband, network infrastructure and testing, content analysis and classification, autonomous networks, high capacity optical networks and wireless technologies. While at BT he also developed strategies for patenting in the highly-complex area, technically and legally, of business methods.

In between two spells at BT, Pete worked at a firm of patent attorneys where his clients ranged from SMEs to multinationals in technology sectors including automotive, oil and gas, semiconductors, telecoms and software.

Prior to his career in IP, Pete was a development engineer working on projects relating to optical fibre reliability and optical cable design and installation. He has a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with French from the University of Nottingham and a master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law and Management from the University of Strasbourg.


  • Computer Implemented Inventions
  • Communication Networks and Systems

Education and qualifications

  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2004
  • European Patent Attorney, 1999

  • 2014
    LL.M in Intellectual Property Law and Management, University of Strasbourg, France
  • 1997
    Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 1988 — 1991
    Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with French, University of Nottingham

Career history

  • 2018 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2006 — 2018
    Senior Patent Attorney, BT
  • 2001 — 2006
    Associate, Dummett Copp
  • 1996 — 2001
    Patent Attorney, BT
  • 1991 — 1996
    Development Engineer, BT

Speaking engagements

  • September 2018
    MIP European Patent Forum 2018, Equivalency in the European patent market (link)
  • March 2018
    MIP International Patent Forum 2018, Global landscape for IP owners: comprehensive analysis (link)
  • March 2017
    MIP International Patent Forum 2017, Implications of Brexit on the Unified Patent Court (link)
  • September 2016
    MIP European Patent Reform Forum 2016, UPC: IT &TMT sectors (link)
  • May 2016
    MIP Technology, Media & Telecommunications Forum 2016, The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: Technology Focus (link)
  • March 2016
    MIP International Patent Forum 2016, Developments in trade secret protection as a means to protect your IP (link)
  • September 2015
    MIP European Patent Reform Forum 2015, UPC: IT & Technology (link)