Dr Martin Neilson


  • BSc (Hons) Chemistry — University of Sheffield
  • PhD Physical Chemistry — University of Sheffield
  • Chartered Patent Attorney/European Patent Attorney
  • Professional Representative before EUIPO
  • UK Legal 500 recommended lawyer 2019

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



Patenting new materials — a simple guide

The patent process for material, new material and chemical innovations, explained.

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The fundamentals of battery development and patent protection

Here’s how battery tech innovators can protect and exploit their endeavours​​ in some creative ways.

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How smart is a smart fabric — does performance apparel deliver on the marketing hype?

Smart fabrics promise the wearer enhanced performance, but what's so special about these materials​?

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Case Studies by Dr Martin Neilson

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Safer, more efficient external cladding

Our technical knowledge of the science behind the invention helped us to secure patent protection for SIG’s cladding.

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A solution to the world’s packaging problem?

Plastic pollution is a major problem. Floreon might just have the solution. We secured European protection for its innovative degradable plastics.

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Capital Refractories

Helping to secure commercially viable IP for a ceramics manufacturer

IP can be a major factor in any acquisition — we continued progressing patent applications after the acquisition of a leading ceramics manufacturer.

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