James Seymour

Partner, UK and European Patent Attorney

James is Head of SEP, advising on Standard-Essential Patents across all technology areas, including telecommunications, wireless, video and audio coding, and power. His practice focuses on advising clients on patent infringement and validity matters and the valuation and enforceability of SEP portfolios. He has been involved in a number of high profile litigation cases in the UK, US, and Germany; and in patent pool, licensing, acquisition and divestment transactions.

Before joining EIP James spent 18 years working as in-house patent counsel for Nokia and Hewlett-Packard in the UK, USA and Singapore. James is a qualified UK and European Patent Attorney and has previously practised before the USPTO, and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.

James has a first class degree in Physics from Bristol University, winning the Raychem prize for his final year project on photon scanning tunnelling microscopy.

Published articles

  • May 2021
    Finance Monthly, UK Patent Box Scheme Set To Become An Even More Valuable Tax Benefit (link)
  • March 2021
    EIP Newsflash, UK Patent Box scheme set to become an even more valuable tax benefit (link)
  • September 2019
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Battle Stations (link)
  • 31 October 2018
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Boxed out (link)


  • Mobile telecommunications
  • Electronics
  • Standard-Essential Patents

Education and qualifications

  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2003
  • European Patent Attorney, 2000
  • 2006
    Business of IP, Scandinavian International Management Institute
  • 1995
    Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 1991 — 1994
    B.Sc First Class Honours, Physics, University of Bristol

Career history

  • 2012 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2002 — 2012
    Various including Head of Patenting Operations, Nokia
  • 1999 — 2002
    IPR Counsel, Agilent Technologies
  • 1998 — 1999
    IPR Counsel, Hewlett-Packard

Awards and recognition

  • Ranked among world's leading IP strategists by IAM Strategy 300, 2017. (link)

Speaking engagements

  • 12 November 2012
    Tech City, Israeli Investment Forum (link)

Additional information

Memberships: AIPPI