Steven McIlroy

His previous role as a patent office examiner distinguishes Steven from most other attorneys: “I’ve found that my experience at the UK Patent Office searching, examining and granting patents very useful as a patent attorney. It helps me to critically analyse complex issues with an examiner’s eye so I can negotiate the broadest possible protection for my clients”.

A physicist by training, Steven is adept at getting to grips with a broad range of technologies within the wider engineering field.



  • Director
  • Chartered UK Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Design Attorney
  • Member of the European Patent Institute (epi)
  • IP Patent Litigator
  • BSc. Physics with Environmental Science

Client Testimonial

“Steven has always provided an excellent service. He is very focused and thorough and pays great attention to detail. Any work he has carried out for me has always had a positive outcome. On top of that he’s a likeable guy.”

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More about Steven

Steven has extensive experience within several diverse intellectual property roles spanning government, academia and private practice. His career dates back to 1997 when an interest in technology and an inquisitive mind led him to train as an examiner at the UK Intellectual Property Office. That early introduction to the world of intellectual property (IP) has stood him in good stead in future roles as an IP Manager at a leading UK university, and as a Director (Patents) within one of Europe’s largest patent attorney firms.

An epic 2,500 km pan-European charity cycle – up and over the Swiss Alps – once tested his mettle (and muscles) to the extreme. Steven always exercises his intellect and considerable experience to achieve the best possible results for his clients, be they individuals, SMEs or multinational corporations.

Steven loves to travel (not always by bicycle!) and his career has involved stints in Munich, Germany and Sydney, Australia. As the father of a young son though, travel plans and crazy bicycle trips are currently on hold.

Highlights as an attorney

Defending an individual’s patent from concerted attack by an infringer and successfully enforcing it to achieve a mediated settlement. Ultimately this resulted in a lucrative licensing deal for the client. There is nothing more satisfying than helping “the little guy” get the justice he/she deserves.

Favourite quotation

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
Albert Einstein

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