EIP US LLP Names Mallary De Merlier and Nick Transier as Co-Managing Partners

New Leadership Team Focuses on Expanding U.S. Presence of Internationally Acclaimed IP Law Firm

EIP US LLP is pleased to announce that Mallary de Merlier and Nick Transier have been named co-managing partners of the firm’s U.S. office in San Diego.

EIP is an internationally acclaimed, UK-based intellectual property law firm that opened offices in San Diego three years ago. The firm provides a range of services, from patent, trademark and design registration, IP searches and opinions, through to major European IP litigation. The San Diego office was the firm’s fifth office and the first outside of the United Kingdom.

“Thanks in large part to the leadership of Nick and Mallary, EIP has been able to expand our U.S. presence and strengthen our relationships with U.S. clients,” said Partner Jerome Spaargaren. “We are thrilled to have them as part of our leadership team.”

De Merlier is a Registered U.S. Patent Attorney with over 15 years' experience in IP for the biotechnology and medical device industries. She has represented clients in a variety of fields including immunology, molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, diagnostics, and medical devices such as intravesical drug delivery devices, catheter assemblies, blood purification devices, and especially orthopedic bracing and support devices as well as surgical implants. 

Prior to entering law, de Merlier carried out research at Montana State University into the use of biological organisms to control weeds. She is a graduate of the University of San Diego (J.D.) cum laude and Santa Clara University (B.S Biology).

Transier is a Registered U.S. Patent Attorney with extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patents related to consumer electronic devices, computer software systems, distributed power generation, display technologies, telecommunications, and mechanical devices. Transier also leads up EIP US’ post grant proceedings team and has more than 7 years’ experience in patent litigation matters regarding mechanical devices, consumer electronic devices, video game systems, Assisted-GPS, and integrated circuit design.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Nick worked as a senior systems engineer on classified projects for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Nick is a graduate of the University of Texas (J.D., with honors) and the University of Virginia (M.S., B.S. Systems Engineering).


EIP is a leading Intellectual Property Law firm advising on all areas of IP.  EIP has 22 partners and more than 140 staff practising from its four UK offices in Bath, Cardiff, Leeds and London, its US office in San Diego, California, its German office in Düsseldorf and its representative office in Tokyo, Japan.  EIP’s combination of patent, trademark and design attorneys with specialist IP litigators is highly unusual in the UK legal services market, and presents its clients with significant advantages, including the ability to offer advice on all stages of IP protection and rights enforcement, including cross-border litigation in the UK and Germany, and prosecution in the UK and US. EIP won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2013, in the category of Outstanding Achievement in recognition of having increased its overseas sales by 136% over a three year period. EIP is a Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IAM Patent 1000 and SuperLawyers recommended firm. 

Source: Law Leaders Lab


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