Tom Baker


  • BEng Materials Science and Engineering — Swansea University
  • MRes Materials — Swansea University
  • Chartered Patent Attorney/European Patent Attorney
  • UK Legal 500 recommended lawyer 2020

Tom’s areas of specialism are focused on the medical field including surgical devices, magnetic stimulation and light-based applications. He also has a diverse practice of green technologies including waste recycling, polymer colouring and photovoltaic cells, together with drafting many patent applications in general science and engineering including biomass measurement systems and mechanical fixings. His practice centres on providing pragmatic and commercially-focused patent-related advice including portfolio management, strategy and enforcement, Freedom to Operate (FTO) and defending patent rights in the UK and Europe.

Tom has over 15 years’ experience as a long-standing advisor to a variety of clients including UK universities, UK and overseas businesses, and a large number of SMEs. His considerable experience of working with SMEs and collaborative IP generation between university and industrial partners has allowed him to gain expertise in the need for clear IP planning and integration into a business. He also has an established practice guiding clients through the contentious issues of patent infringement and validity as well as European oppositions.

Tom joined UDL after graduating from Swansea University where he completed a masters degree studying the effects upon turbine blades through attempts to increase lifespan by welding abrasion resistant plates onto the leading edges.

Tom entered the profession in 2002 and became a partner in 2014.


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Articles by Tom Baker

IP tips


What is Freedom to Operate (FTO) in relation to patents and IP?

What is Freedom to Operate (FTO) — and how do I minimise my risk of patent infringement?

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IP tips


Patent Box — four considerations to secure tax relief on profits from patented products

You might be entitled to tax relief on profits earned from your patented inventions.

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Case studies by Tom Baker

Case Study

Colour Tone Masterbatch Ltd

A masterstroke in plastic recycling

We secured global patent protection for a new black colourant for plastics which will enable more to be recycled using infrared sorting technology.

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