David Hole

Senior Associate, European Patent Attorney
UPC Representative

David is a UK and European Patent Attorney with a background in electrical engineering focusing on telecoms, wireless technology and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs). He is currently working as part of the litigation team for a project involving multiple patents in the UK and Germany, and also assists clients in drafting and reviewing claim charts, assessing patents for standards essentiality and validity, and advising on ongoing prosecution for patents which may be candidates for litigation.

David joined EIP after four years at a large UK IP firm as Technical Assistant where he prosecuted and drafted applications in fields including mobile communications and machine-to-machine / internet-of-things (M2M/IoT) systems.

David has over ten years’ experience participating in 3GPP representing Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks, and BlackBerry and is a named inventor on a number of patents relating to wireless communications.

At BlackBerry, David managed the development of its standards essential patent (SEP) portfolio, from invention disclosure review and patent filing approval to claim chart drafting and support to the licensing team. He led an international team of subject matter experts who represented BlackBerry at 3GPP and other international standards organisations.

At Stanford University, David was a Teaching Assistant for courses on internet and wireless communication standards and developed the first course there on wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11) standards. His research focussed on IEEE 802.11 protocols and multimedia applications.

Education and qualifications

- European Patent Attorney, 2021

- UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2021

  • 2017
    Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London
  • 2000 — 2005
    PhD Candidate, Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
  • 1995 — 1999
    MEng (Hons, First Class) in Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Career history

  • 2021 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2017 — 2021
    Technical Assistant, D Young & Co LLP
  • 2013 — 2017
    Director, Standards, BlackBerry
  • 2009 — 2012
    Standards Manager, BlackBerry
  • 2005 — 2009
    Consultant Engineer, Roke Manor Research
  • 2000 — 2005
    Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant, Stanford University


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