Partner, Patent Attorney London
Profile of David Meldrum

I joined D Young & Co in 2001 and I’ve been a partner since 2006. My background is in electronic engineering and I find working in this challenging and innovative sector incredibly rewarding.

Before arriving at D Young & Co, I gained professional experience in a private practice in London. My main areas of expertise are electronic engineering and physics covering computer and networking hardware and software, gaming, medical devices, process engineering and electromechanical devices.

In particular, I deal with patent procurement and opposition/appeal matters for direct clients that include European consumer and technology companies, large US corporations and UK start-ups. I also provide in-house strategic IP planning, as well as management advice, to SME clients. My work regularly takes me to the US, and I teach coordinated EP/US patent drafting practice both in Europe and the US.


Recognised as a recommended individual by IAM Patent 1000 2024.


  • MEng (Electronic Engineering) from University of Exeter.
  • Research at the Institute for Navigation, University of Stuttgart, Germany.
  • European Patent Attorney 2002.
  • Chartered Patent Attorney 2003.
  • Registered representative before the Unified Patent Court (UPC) 2023.


  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
  • European Patent Institute (EPI).
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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IP Stars (Managing IP)
Highly recommended 2018.
Legal 500
David Meldrum heads the electronics group, utilising his background in electronic engineering to great effect.
IAM Patent 1000
Leading the London electronics group, David Meldrum always provides real-world, practical and honest guidance, and ensures that it is adapted to the needs of his patrons.
IAM Patent 1000
Talented patent attorneys with scientific backgrounds in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, electronics and engineering.
David Meldrum has a great understanding of the rules and procedures of the EPO and makes sure that all the requirements are met when filing and responding to office actions.
IAM Patent 1000
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