Matthew Leyland

Patent Attorney

Matthew Leyland is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney.

Matthew Leyland

Matthew completed an undergraduate master’s degree in Physics at the University of Bath and a PhD in Plasma Physics at the University of York. At York, he was based at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) on a long-term industrial placement to work on a world leading fusion device.  Matthew’s research focused on studying the steep temperature and density gradients at the plasma edge as measured by the Thomson scattering diagnostic.  Matthew continued his research as a post-doctoral researcher before pursuing a career in intellectual property in 2016. Matthew is a UK Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney, and is based in our Glasgow office supporting the work of our patent department.


MPhys Physics
University of Bath

PhD Physics
University of York

Professional qualifications and affiliations
  • Chartered Patent Attorney (UK)
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of the European Patent Institute

2014 – 2016
Post-doctoral researcher

2016 to present
Private practice



  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Optics, electronics and optoelectronics
  • General mechanical and electrical engineering
  • Semiconductor and MEMS technologies
  • Medical, pharmaceutical, and surgical devices
  • Automotive and aerospace technologies
  • Fast-moving consumer goods
  • Software and computer-implemented inventions


  • Drafting patent specifications
  • UK and European patent prosecution
  • IP audits
  • Patent searching
  • Patentability assessments
  • Registered designs
  • IP portfolio management