Dr Martin Neilson

Partner - Patents

  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry — University of Sheffield
  • PhD Physical Chemistry — University of Sheffield
  • Chartered Patent Attorney/European Patent Attorney
  • UK Legal 500 recommended lawyer 2022

Martin’s areas of specialism are chemistry, materials, engineering and design. Martin has considerable experience in drafting patent applications within the chemical and engineering fields, focusing on hard metal materials (diamond and carbides), coatings, polymers, composites, fabrics and gas-phase systems. He’s focused on green and sustainable technologies, specifically battery technology.

His practice centres on providing commercially-focused, patent-related advice including portfolio management, strategy, enforcement and defending patent rights in the UK and Europe. He has considerable experience of drafting patent applications within the chemical and engineering fields, focusing on hard metal materials, coatings, polymers, composites, mining, rock processing and oil and gas technologies. He has successfully represented his clients for many years, prosecuting patent applications internationally with specific focus on European applications.

Martin’s client base varies from SMEs to multinationals as well as universities and R&D groups. In addition to securing commercially valuable patent protection, Martin guides his clients through contentious matters of patent infringement and validity, European oppositions and appeals.

Martin entered the profession in 1999. He joined UDL in 2007 and became a partner in 2014.

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Articles by Dr Martin Neilson

IP tips


Can I patent my battery technology innovation?

A detailed guide to cell, electrode, anode, cathode, electrolyte and solid-state innovations.

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IP tips


A basic guide to patents for chemistry, material and battery tech companies

Discover the how, what and why of patents with specific chemistry- and materials-related examples.

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The solid-state battery gold rush

Solid-state battery innovators are rushing to secure rights to the next game-changing development.

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Case studies by Dr Martin Neilson

Case Study


Global patent protection for award-winning bioplastics manufacturer

We helped an award-winning bioplastics manufacturer secure patent protection on route to transforming the packaging and electronics industries.

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BGF Investment Management Limited

Patent portfolio analysis helps secure £10m funding for next-gen battery tech developer

We undertook a due diligence assessment for a leading investment company to analyse the patent portfolio of a next-gen battery tech manufacturer.

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Submer Technologies SL

Building a global IP portfolio for the pandemic and beyond

We helped a next-generation datacentre solutions provider to build a global IP portfolio which secures its assets through the pandemic and beyond.

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