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Peter Finnie is described in the 2020 edition of Chambers UK as “a top-quality attorney with a strong business mind”.  The latest edition of the IAM Strategy 300 says Peter Finnie can “turn a desperate situation into a win for his clients”. “His wisdom, spot-on judgement and deep knowledge of the field, combined with his insight, intelligence and good-natured approach, result in unparalleled knowledge and outstanding service.
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, 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.

Peter specialises in telecommunications; electronics; software; artificial intelligence; Medtech; Fintech; IP due diligence; IP strategy advice
Peter graduated in 1990 with a degree in Engineering from Durham University and has qualifications/memberships in fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, UK & European Patent Attorney, Member of AIPPI, AIPLA and FICPI
Peters awards and recognitions are:
UK Legal 500
Chambers UK
IAM 1000
IAM Strategy 300
Managing Intellectual Property IP Star
Who’s Who Legal
As well as Peter 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.