Peter Finnie

Peter Finnie

Partner & Board Member - Patent Attorney

Peter works with a long and growing list of European start-up companies, advising them on how to develop their IP strategies in a way that will build and support exit value.

He also makes sure their IP plays the part that it should within both business planning and fund raising. He has helped many of his clients successfully navigate a course through a series of funding rounds. He also sits on a number of boards for his clients so they can take full advantage of his broader commercial experience. 

Building on his reputation as a leading IP strategist in the IAM Strategy 300, Peter has developed a suite of IP consultancy products addressing the need for innovation capture, IP audit and commercial strategy development for technology companies seeking private equity funding. Likewise, he has developed IP due diligence products for investors designed to evaluate and test the strength of a business’s IP. His approach provides investors with a pragmatic and cost-effective way to evaluate the IP risks associated with technology investments to ensure they get the right deal. 

Peter regularly writes on the subject of IP strategy development and implementation in technology magazines such as SmallBusiness.co.uk, NS Tech and UKTN, and he has been published in the scientific journal Drug Discovery Today on the use of artificial intelligence in drug repurposing. 

Peter has considerable experience before the UK Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office handling complex cases relating to the protection of computer-implemented inventions. He handles high-value standards-essential patents in the telecommunications field and routinely appears before the EPO and UK IPO at oral proceedings.

 

Specialisms

Telecommunications, electronics, software, artificial intelligence, digital health, medtech, fintech, IP due diligence, IP strategy advice

Education

Peter graduated in 1990 with a degree in engineering from Durham University. 

Qualifications

BSc (Hons), UK and European Patent Attorney 

Memberships

Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI). 

Awards & Recognition

Chambers and Partners 2020-2021; IAM Global Leaders 2022; IAM Patent 1000 - Prosecution 2020-2022; IAM Strategy 300 - Top IP Strategist 2020-2022; MIP IP STARS - IP Star 2019-2022; WWL: IP - Patent Agents & Attorneys 2019-2022

Interests

As well as enjoying golf, cycling, fly fishing, photography, walking, and flying, Peter holds a small armoury of shotguns. Unknown to many of his closest friends, he also plays the trombone. 

 

TESTIMONALS

A first-class patent attorney, Peter Finnie makes magic happen for start-ups who look to him for robust foundational IP strategies that promote fast business growth. He has a true understanding of IP value in a commercial context and works together with clients to ensure they get the perfect deal."

IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists, 2022
Finnie is a telecommunications, software and electronics ace, known for working with a huge number of European start-ups." IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals, 2022
Peter Finnie helps electronics businesses ranging from venture capital-backed start-ups to global conglomerates clear the way for and protect their technology. He also offers expertise assisting clients in obtaining funding." Chambers UK, 2022