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EIP (law firm)

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No. of offices6
Major practice areasPatents, Designs, Trademarks, IP Litigation, IP Strategy
Date founded2000 (London)
Company typePartnership

EIP is an intellectual property (IP) law firm, particularly known for its high-profile lawsuits.[1] The firm opened in 2000 and was the first UK IP law firm to open a US office. The firm has six offices in the UK, US and Germany. It has received a Tier 1 Ranking in The Legal 500 guide and a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.[2] EIP has openly supported UK membership in the EU. In 2016, the firm’s partners warned that withdrawal will entail a loss of rights for IP holders. [3]

Law Suits[edit]

Unwired Planet v Huawei
EIP represented Unwired Planet and Conversant (Respondents) against Huawei and ZTE (Appellants) in a 2019 landmark case at the UK Supreme Court, in which the Respondents were under an obligation to make available standard essential patents (SEPs) on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. Huawei was found to have infringed on two essential patents owned by Unwired Planet, and the UK High Court granted an injunction on a UK SEP unless the Appellants entered into a global licence. On 26 August 2020, the Supreme Court handed down a decision in favour of EIP’s clients, meaning companies like Huawei will need to acquire global licenses for SEPs.[4][5] The ruling also outlined the method judges can uses to determine an appropriate global rate.[6]

PanOptis v. Apple
EIP is the representative for PanOptis in its longstanding suit against Apple. In October 2020, and in the first of several technical trials, the UK High Court found a patent held by PanOptis to be valid and infringed by Apple. A second technical trial and a FRAND trial are scheduled for 2021.[7]

Conversant Wireless v. Daimler
In 2020, EIP asserted a patent owned by client Conversant at the Munich Regional Court in a widely watched legal battle with Daimler. Cars sold by Daimler used LTE (Long-term evolution) technology which infringed the German designation of Conversant’s patent.[8][9]

Unwired Planet v Samsung & Huawei
In 2016, EIP represented client Unwired Planet against Samsung and Huawei in a dispute following 2,000 SEPs that Ericsson sold to Unwired Planet in 2013.[10] EIP secured a series of significant legal victories in German and UK courts.[11][12][13]


  1. "EIP and WilmerHale expand UK practices". JUVE Patent. 18 February 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  2. Buckland, Robert (27 December 2013). "Growth for IP law firm EIP leads to larger Bath office". Bath Business News. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  3. "EIP SAYS BREXIT WILL COMPLICATE IP RIGHTS". Lawyer Monthly. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  4. Alan, Thomas (26 August 2020). "'Crazy and hopeless': Osborne Clarke and EIP dial in landmark patent victory against Chinese giants". Legal Business. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  5. "Jurisdiction over patents for essential components in telecoms equipment". The Times. 16 October 2020. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  6. Browning, Jonathan; Decker, Susan (26 August 2020). "Huawei Loses U.K. Top Court Ruling Over Global Patent Rates". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  7. Sandys, Amy (20 October 2020). "EIP and Osborne Clarke successful for PanOptis against Apple". Juve Patent. Retrieved 26 October 2020.
  8. "EIP secures victory for Conversant against Daimler in connected cars patent dispute". Patent Lawyer. 4 November 2020. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  9. "Daimler loses to Conversant over connected cars SEP". JUVE Patent. 28 October 2020. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  10. "BDaily News". BDaily News. 22 March 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  11. "Conversant wins in Germany with EIP against Huawei and ZTE". JUVE Patent. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  12. "EIP wins momentous ruling on standard-essential patents in London". JUVE Patent. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  13. "Landmark decision for telecoms IP case". Capacity Magazine. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 8 January 2021.

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