European Patent Attorney expertise in mechanical engineering, in technical German and French, in EPO oppositions, appeals and oral proceedings.



Using Asivu™ methodology and data to help organisations see opportunities and threats to their intellectual property position and take action before it is too late.



Working with partners in engineering business, academe, finance and government to advance knowledge in the fields of intellectual property business models, portfolio structure and risk management, with a particular focus on the green automotive sector and circular economy.  Publications include:

  • Design optimisation – challenges in protecting intellectual property - Int. J. Intellectual Property Management, Vol. 6, No. 3.

  • Patent infringement clearance practice in UK and German automotive companies - Int. J. Intellectual Property Management, Vol. 5, No. 1.

  • Commercial versus legal approaches: alternative strategies to resolving third-party IPR issues confronting new ventures -

    International Review of Entrepreneurship 7(2).


For academic, business and technologist audiences, including 'Understanding Intellectual Property for Engineers' at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Contact us to receive our monthly IP awareness circular 'Intellectual Property for Engineering Business'.



Director Ian Hartwell is a Chartered Engineer, consulting European Patent Attorney and has a visiting position at Cranfield University where he researches and teaches intellectual property management in engineering.  He obtained his PhD in Intellectual Property Management from the University in 2005. Ian is former IP Manager for Cambridge microengineering companies Xaar and Cambridge Display Technology and has previously served as an examiner with the European Patent Office, Munich, and as a technologist with Rolls-Royce Aero Engines, Derby. He has lectured for the EPO, WIPO, NESTA, AURIL and LES.



Engineering Intellectual Property Limited (registered under 9296293 in England)

Eco Innovation Centre


Peterborough PE1 1SA, UK


t: +44 (0) 870 739 1466

e: iph (at)