Joanne Welch

Managing Associate, Patent Attorney Litigator and European Patent Attorney
UPC Representative*

Having qualified and practised as a Patent Attorney and Trademark Attorney, Joanne now specialises in IP litigation.

Since joining EIP, Joanne has focussed on patent litigation, being lead associate in a patent infringement and validity action concerning medical devices and, more recently, in trials about telecommunications standards essential patents (Conversant v Huawei & ZTE [2020] EWHC 14 (Pat); Optis v Apple [2020] EWHC 2746 (Pat)).

Previously she was part of the dispute resolution team at an international IP firm where she was involved in High Court patent actions in both the electronics and life sciences fields with corresponding disputes across multiple jurisdictions and at the EPO.She advised on contentious trade mark matters, filed claims before IPEC and advised on anti-counterfeiting measures in the FMCG market.

Joanne gained understanding of the in-house perspective during her time at a synthetic materials multinational. She also has experience in the use of mediation for resolving IP matters.

She is a committee member and case officer for IP Pro Bono.

Education and qualifications

  • Higher Courts Litigation Certificate (2017)
  • Chartered Trademark Attorney (1990)
  • Chartered and European Patent Attorney (1988, 1989)
  • 1994 — 1996
    LL.B Law, City, University of London
  • 1981 — 1984
    MA Natural Sciences (Chemistry) , University of Cambridge

Career history

  • 2022 — present
    Managing Associate, EIP
  • 2018 — 2022
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2017 — 2018
    Associate, EIP
  • 2012 — 2017
    Patent Attorney, IP Litigator, Rouse Legal

* UPC Representatives will have the qualifications to be entitled to act as UPC Representatives when the Unified Patent Court (UPC) opens in June 2023