Intellectual Property Research for Engineering Business



For over a decade, we have been researching and monitoring how businesses use intellectual property (patents, secrets, designs, copyright, trade marks, etc.) to make money from their engineering ideas.  We use this data to help clients make money from their own engineering ideas.  Our unique visual approach helps clients to see opportunities and threats to their intellectual property position, allowing them and their legal advisors to take action before it is too late.


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.



We work 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:


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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)



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