Matthew Birch

Senior Associate

Matthew works in the firm’s Engineering and Tech teams. The bulk of his practice involves drafting and prosecuting UK and European patent applications across a wide range of subject-matter, including medical devices and imaging systems, renewable energy applications and mechanical systems. He has argued successfully before Opposition Divisions and Technical Boards of Appeal at the European Patent Office, and has experience providing validity and infringement opinions.

Matthew has considerable experience managing and prosecuting patent families globally, including successfully instructing appeals before the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). He regularly deals with UK and Community designs, and has a particular interest in the UK Patent Box and tailoring the prosecution of his clients’ patent applications towards benefitting from the system.

Matthew enjoys building close relationships with his clients and recently spent two weeks in Cincinnati working at the headquarters of a major US client to gain a better understanding of its business.

Matthew joined the firm in 2009 after graduating from the University of Bristol with a first class MSci degree in Physics, specializing in condensed matter physics and nanotechnology. His final year project, for which he was awarded a prize by the Department of Physics, investigated the use of pulsed laser deposition in the synthesis of ZnO nanorods and the effect of the nanorods on the efficiency of inorganic photovoltaic cells.

Outside the office, Matthew is an accomplished trumpeter and violinist and has won national competitions as a solo performer. He is also a keen runner and triathlete and completed Ironman Wales in his home town of Tenby in Pembrokeshire.


  • MSci (Hons) Physics (University of Bristol)
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney