Ben Maling

Senior Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney

Ben Maling

Ben specialises in protecting and leveraging IP in software and data, with a particular focus on AI. He is regularly sought out by colleagues and clients for his expertise in this area, and has previously run weekly training sessions on deep learning for patent attorneys and solicitors at EIP.

Ben is a strong advocate for the value of human engagement, and enjoys nothing more than getting to know his clients and their business needs. He understands the conflict felt by decision makers wishing to protect their revenue streams and investment, whilst also promoting collaboration to accelerate development, raise their company's profile, and attract top talent. He therefore believes in a holistic approach to IP strategy: for software companies, patents are only part of the story, and need to be deployed in combination with a proper grip on trade secrets, copyright and open source strategy.

Clients stick with Ben for his ability to engage on a deep technical level, and to deliver advice with a relatable, personable approach.

Published articles

  • September 2023
    Automotive World, Is automotive's shift to open source software inevitable? (link)
  • June 2023
    TechRound, TechRound’s AI Series: How Is AI Affecting Law? (link)
  • April 2023
    EIP Updates, Tulip Mania - Can an individual or group be said to have de-facto control over a cryptocurrency network? (link)
  • April 2023
    EIP Updates, The Deep Non-Thinker (link)
  • 24 October 2022
    IAM, UK IPO case studies offer some clarity on AI invention patentability (link)
  • 26 September 2022
    EIP Update, UKIPO Case Studies Open the Black Box on Examining Patent Applications Relating to AI Inventions (link)
  • 1 July 2022
    EIP Update, Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property – the Government’s Plans to amend UK law – or not! (link)
  • March 2021
    EIP Update, Reality check for patenting computer-implemented simulations at the EPO (link)
  • 20 June 2017
    SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Journal on Applied Mathematics, Radiation from structured-ring resonators
  • 6 December 2016
    IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Applications) Journal of Applied Mathematics, Asymptotic analysis of a Bragg fibre: a multiple scales approach
  • 10 November 2016
    Wave Motion, Dynamic homogenisation of Maxwell’s equations with applications to photonic crystals and localised waveforms on metasurfaces
  • 13 July 2016
    Proceedings of the Royal Society A, Whispering Bloch modes

Education and qualifications

  • UK Patent Attorney, 2021
  • European Patent Attorney, 2021
  • 2017 — 2018
    Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (Distinction), Queen Mary University of London
  • 2013 — 2016
    PhD in Applied Mathematics, Imperial College London
  • 2012 — 2013
    MSc in Applied Mathematics (Distinction), Imperial College London
  • 2005 — 2008
    BA in Physics (First Class), University of Oxford

Career history

  • 2016 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2008 — 2012
    Physics & Maths Teacher / Head of Physics & Maths, Westminster Tutors, London
  • 2009 — 2011
    Physics & Maths Tutor, Graveney School, London

Speaking engagements

  • May 2023
    Codiphy Launch, The Promise and Peril of Generative AI
  • March 2023
    EIP Sweden Launch, The emergence of generative AI
  • 27 July 2016
    Meta ’16 conference, Malaga, Whispering Bloch modes
  • 23 June 2016
    Metamaterials, Beyond Photonics conference, Edinburgh, Whispering Bloch modes
  • 15 August 2015
    Meta ’15 conference, New York, Homogenisation for short waves in metamaterials and photonic crystals



  • AI
  • Applied maths & cryptography
  • Computer hardware
  • Digital health
  • Gaming and graphics
  • Image and signal processing
  • Medical imaging
  • Software
  • Telecommunications


  • Digital health
  • Medical imaging
  • Personalised healthcare