Martin Terry

IP Director


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


  • 2024 Legal 500: Recommended Individual.
  • 2023 Legal 500: Recommended Individual.
  • 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. He is a European and chartered patent attorney with over 15 years’ experience of patent drafting, prosecution and opposition work in Europe and the UK.

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 complex cases. Martin is frequently called upon to take over cases whose prosecution has been problematic. 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 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.

Martin also greatly enjoys working closely with his SME clients. He routinely develops strategies for his clients to build their IP portfolios as well as provides advice on freedom to operate and enforcement matters. He also helps his UK based clients take advantage of HMRC’s “Patent Box” - thereby significantly reducing their Corporation Tax. In addition to seeking patent protection, Martin also assists his clients in seeking design protection for their products and innovations.

Before entering the patent profession, 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, Martin trained and professionally qualified with a leading firm of patent & trade mark attorneys in London.

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.