EIP (law firm)
|No. of offices||6|
|No. of employees||24 Partners|
10 Of Counsel
12 Senior Associates
|Major practice areas||Patents, Designs, Trademarks, IP Litigation, IP Strategy|
|Key people||Jerome Spaargaren (Founder)|
|Date founded||2000 (London)|
EIP is a boutique intellectual property law firm, which provides patent, design, trademark and litigation services in the United Kingdom, Europe and United States with headquarters in London. EIP is known for being an early adopter of a mixed business approach, in which it provides litigation services alongside its patent, design and trademark practice areas.
EIP was founded in 2000 by Jerome Spaagaren as a solo practice with a focus on intellectual property. By 2005, the firm had over ten staff and moved premises from London's Southwark to its current office near Chancery Lane. The firm first achieved a Tier 1 ranking from The Legal 500 in 2013 and is a frequent recipient of awards and rankings in the IP industry. By 2014, EIP had six offices across the UK, US, and Europe.
Since 2011, EIP has consistently ranked in a number of prestigious legal directories, such as The Legal 500, IAM Patent, Chambers & Partners, IP Stars, and The WTR 1000, and has being awarded a Tier 1 ranking multiple times.
In 2013, EIP received the Queen's Awards for Enterprise following a growth in sales by 136% over a three-year period.
In 2019, EIP was for a second year in a row named "UK Patent and Trademark Attorney Firm of the Year for Patent Litigation" by Managing Intellectual Property magazine and one of Europe's leading patent firms by the Financial Times.
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.
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