Martin Terry

IP Director


  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Design Attorney
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
  • MSci (Hons) Physics and Astronomy


  • 2022 Legal 500: Provides "highly valuable" work.
  • 2020 Legal 500: Recommended Individual.
  • 2019 Legal 500: "Prosecution guru".
  • 2018 Legal 500: "Provides excellent, professional, and timely service".
  • 2017 Legal 500: Recommended Individual.
  • 2016 Legal 500: "Highly recommended".
  • 2015 Legal 500: Recommended Individual.

Martin Terry is an IP director and member of the firm’s tech practice group. A European and chartered patent attorney, he has over 15 years’ experience of patent drafting, prosecution and opposition work in Europe and the UK.

Martin has extensive experience coordinating patent filing programmes and patent prosecution in many countries around the world including: the US, China, Japan, Korea, India and Canada. He also routinely provides advice on freedom to operate and enforcement matters. He has extensive experience handling oral proceedings at the European Patent Office and has successfully defended his clients’ patents at both opposition and appeal proceedings.

Martin enjoys handling work in a wide range of technical fields. He offers expertise across a large number of technology sectors, including: mobile telecommunications, satellite navigation systems, semiconductor technologies, computer implemented inventions and medical devices.

A significant proportion of his work is in assisting in-house IP departments for large multinational corporations, who appreciate his high service levels and ability to make things easier for them. They also value his ability to successfully prosecute some of their more problematic cases. Martin is frequently called upon to take over cases whose prosecution has been tricky.

Martin also greatly enjoys working closely with his SME clients. He takes great pride in establishing and nurturing long term relationships and getting a deep understanding of his clients’ businesses and specific requirements as well as earning their trust so as to become their dependable and trusted IP adviser. He routinely develops strategies for his clients to build their IP portfolios. In addition to seeking patent protection, as a European design attorney, he is also able to assist his clients in seeking design protection for their products and innovations. Martin also helps his UK based clients take advantage of HMRC’s “Patent Box” - thereby significantly reducing their Corporation Tax.

Before entering the patent professions, Martin graduated with a first class master’s degree (with honours) in physics with astrophysics from the University of Bristol. Prior to joining Swindell & Pearson in 2010, he initially trained and professionally qualified with a leading firm of patent & trade mark attorneys in London.

Martin has formerly chaired the firm’s patent law committee which monitors changes in UK, European and foreign patent law.

Outside of work - prior to having children - Martin enjoyed travelling around the world. These days he gets much pleasure in dragging his family out on walks and cycle rides in and around Derbyshire and the Peak District. He also enjoys cricket and regularly plays for his local team, Delta Rail CC. He is an avid drinker of tea.