Ben Chapman

Senior Associate

Ben works with a range of clients, from small UK based companies working with inventors to identify and protect their innovations at early stages of product development, to large, established multinational corporations helping to coordinate and manage worldwide patent portfolios. His particular expertise lies in the field of optical engineering, but during his time in the profession has gained experience in oppositions and patent prosecution across a wide range technologies, including medical devices, the automotive and aerospace industries, and computer implemented inventions.

Ben joined Carpmaels & Ransford in September 2013 as a technical assistant. He holds a first class degree in Physics from Imperial College and a Masters by Research in Optics and Photonics. This was followed by a PhD in photonics and laser development, with a particular focus on fibre optics, nonlinear optics and short pulse laser systems.

Ben’s passion for technology – especially things which light up and go “pew pew” – led him to a PhD in the Photonics group at Imperial College London. This involved the development of a number of bespoke optical fibre based laser systems with applications ranging from high speed communications to biomedical imaging. His PhD thesis was awarded the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers post-graduate prize.

Outside the office, Ben enjoys running and cycling. With a number of colleagues he took part in the Three Peaks Yacht Race, a multi-discipline adventure up the west coast of the UK, racing to the highest peaks in Wales, England and Scotland on foot, mountain bike and by sail.


  • MSci Physics (ARCS) (Imperial College London)
  • MRes Optics and Photonics (Imperial College London)
  • PhD Photonics (DIC)
  • CertIP Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Litigator