Chris Price

Partner, European Patent Attorney
UPC Representative*

Chris has more than 15 years’ experience dealing with patents in electronics and mechanical fields, including telecommunications, computer software, e-commerce, power distribution, imaging devices and medical devices and consumables.

His clients range from SMEs to major corporations. As well as his work in patent prosecution, Chris is regularly involved in litigation matters in the UK, Germany and internationally. He is also highly experienced at representing clients at Oral Proceedings at the European Patent Office.

Chris speaks Japanese fluently and has significant experience in prosecuting Japanese patent applications and in performing Japanese-language prior art searches, as well as conducting work on behalf of Japanese clients.

Chris holds a first class degree in Physics from Oxford University, from which he was awarded a scholarship. For his third year project, he performed quantum mechanical analyses of collisions of high-energy sub-atomic particles.


  • Advising on standard essentiality and validity of patents relating to various telecoms and WLAN standards to support commercial negotiations regarding portfolio acquisitions and for the purposes of litigation.
  • Technical support for Optis in its UK litigation against Apple.
  • Significant experience representing clients at Oral Proceedings and in Appeal Proceedings before the EPO, including success in overturning objections of a lack of inventive step due to a lack of technical effect over prior art.
  • Litigation support for Unwired Planet in Unwired Planet vs. Apple (Northern District of California) and Unwired Planet vs. Google (District of Nevada).
  • Advising SMEs in relation to patent portfolio development strategies.
  • Acting for Good Technology, Inc. as part of multinational patent litigation in the field of mobile device management.
  • Developing a patent portfolio for Rakuten, Inc in relation to various e-commerce related technologies.
  • Developing a significant patent portfolio in multiple jurisdictions for an SME in the field of power distribution.

Education and qualifications

  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • 1994 — 1997
    BA (Oxon) Physics, First Class, Christ Church, Oxford University
  • 2000
    Japanese Proficiency Test Level 1

Career history

  • 2012 — present
    Partner, EIP
  • 2006 — 2012
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2002 — 2005
    Technical Translator and Interpreter (Japanese and English), Nissin Showa UK Ltd
  • 1999 — 2001
    English Teacher, Rugby Ball English Conversation
  • 1997 — 1999
    Assistant Language Teacher, Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program, Nakanokuchi-mura, Niigata, Japan

Languages spoken

  • Japanese (Fluent)
  • Welsh (Basic)

Additional information

  • Regularly presents seminars on a range of patent related matters, including in the Japanese language.
  • Contributor to the Japanese language book “Key Points in Drafting PCT Applications for Japan, the USA, Europe and China”.


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