David Slattery



David Slattery has almost 20 years’ experience in the IP profession. He joined Wilson Gunn in 2001 after beginning his training in private practice with another firm and became a partner in 2010. David is particularly recognised for his expertise in IT and software patents.


David’s patent practice encompasses technologies including telecommunications, data networks, semiconductors, imaging and optics, low temperature physics, lasers and laser spectroscopy, and digital and analogue electronics. David also has considerable expertise in prosecuting patents for inventions that lie at the boundaries of subject matter protectable by patents, in particular computer software, business methods and games. He has significant experience of direct advocacy at hearings before the UK Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office and of litigation in the UK High Court.

David is a tutor for the University of Strasbourg training course for European Patent Attorneys.

Trade Marks

David advises on a full range of trade mark issues, including formulating and implementing brand development strategies as well as maintenance and enforcement of rights.

Designs & Copyright

David advises on all aspects of design & copyright, with a particular focus on the use of designs to augment patent protection.


University of Manchester – M.Phys. (1st Class Hons) Physics
University of Manchester – Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (AstraZeneca Prize for highest aggregate marks)


Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney


“The attorneys at Wilson Gunn are all very quick to respond to any queries or concerns and always provide detailed, well-reasoned advice in a manner that can be taken directly to the client. David Slattery in particular excels at this.”
The Legal 500, 2024

“Patent star”
Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars, 2023

“Key lawyer”
The Legal 500, 2023

“Key lawyer”
The Legal 500, 2022

“Key lawyer”
The Legal 500, 2021

“David Slattery [is] ‘an effective problem-solving attorney’”
The Legal 500, 2019

David Slattery: “pro-active and pragmatic”
The Legal 500, 2018

“David Slattery is a specialist in high-tech physics and electronics patents”
The Legal 500, 2017

David Slattery: a “stellar operator”
The Legal 500, 2015

“David Slattery is ‘an IT patent expert’”
The Legal 500, 2014

LEGAL 500 Recommended lawyer
LEGAL 500 Recommended lawyer
Legal 500 recommended lawyer
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2019
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2017
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2016
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2015
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2014
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2013
The Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer 2012

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