Matthew Shade, PhD


Shade, Matthew

Matthew Shade is a renowned attorney who has developed an exceptional intellectual property litigation practice with a strong focus on handling complex and multijurisdictional patent litigation cases for his clients. Dr. Shade enjoys working with clients in a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer electronics, among others.

Dr. Shade also has cross-disciplinary experience in intellectual property litigation and antitrust law, which allows him to offer clients a unique perspective on the many issues they face. With regard to his representations, Dr. Shade has acted before the English courts and the European Patent Office, and has coordinated several major international patent cases.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Dr. Shade was a senior associate in the IP group of another international law firm. Previously, he managed the patent department of a high-tech spin-out from Cambridge University and was a patent examiner at the European Patent Office.

Dr. Shade is qualified as a solicitor and a European patent attorney, and holds a PhD in chemistry from the University of Oxford. 

Representative Matters

Over the years, Dr. Shade has represented a variety of clients and some of his patent cases and transactions have included:

  • defending an international medical device company in pan-European litigation against a patent infringement claim over its innovative contact lenses;
  • acting for a global pharmaceutical company in pan-European litigation relating to its breakthrough cancer treatment;
  • acting for an international electronics company in pan-European litigation relating to consumer electronics;
  • representing an international oil services company in proceedings before the Opposition Division and Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by The Legal 500 United Kingdom in the Intellectual Property category, with sources saying he successfully “combines 'acute nous, commercial instinct, grasp of detail, and strategic insight” and is “very, very smart” with “a phenomenal grasp of legal and technical issues”

Publications & News


April 27, 2018

The UK Ratifies the UPC Agreement

On Thursday, April 26, the UK Government announced that it had ratified the UPC Agreement.  For the UPC and the EU unitary patent to commence, at least thirteen countries, including the UK, France and Germany, must have ratified the UPC Agreement.

December 4, 2017

EU Commission Publishes Major IP Package: Guidance Given on the EU Approach to SEPs and on the EU IP Enforcement Directive

Last week, the EU Commission published a number of important documents on IP. The documents include (i) a communication paper “Setting out the EU approach to Standard Essential Patents,” and (ii) a communication paper giving “Guidance on certain aspects of Directive 2004/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the enforcement of intellectual property rights.”

October 12, 2017

The Legal 500 UK Recognizes WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2017 Edition

In the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 UK, WilmerHale is named a top-tier firm for dispute resolution - international arbitration and crime, fraud and licensing - fraud: white-collar crime, and is recommended in four other practice areas. The guide also names five partners to its "Leading lawyers" list, and recognizes a total of 11 of the firm's London-based lawyers.

July 14, 2017

Actavis v. Eli Lilly1: Back to the Future—The UK Supreme Court Changes the Test for Patent Infringement

The UK Supreme Court rarely hears patent cases, and will only hear cases that it considers to be fundamentally important. The court's July 12 judgment is most significant for changing the test for infringement in the United Kingdom, widening the scope for infringement by equivalence.

June 27, 2017

Partners Justin Watts and Matthew Shade Bolster WilmerHale's IP Litigation Practice in London

Justin Watts, PhD, and Matthew Shade, PhD, have joined the firm as partners in its London office, strengthening WilmerHale's position as a firm of choice for complex patent litigation in the United Kingdom and for clients seeking an effective global strategy for their intellectual property disputes.


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DPhil, Chemistry, University of Oxford, 1997

BSc (Hons), Chemistry, first class, University of Manchester, 1993

Bar Admissions

England and Wales, Solicitor

Ireland, Solicitor

European Patent Office






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