Bird & Bird helps Eigenharp take flight

16 November 2009

Bird & Bird is advising new UK venture Eigenlabs on the commercialisation of its revolutionary musical instrument – the Eigenharp.

The Eigenharp, recently launched in the UK and internationally, is a brand new electronic instrument designed specifically for live performance. For the first time the musician can play and record loops, change key, transpose, alter tempo, program beats, switch and layer sounds, all while the musician is performing live on stage. Since its launch, the Eigenharp has garnered huge interest and has been featured on the BBC News website, The Observer, Sound on Sound, CBC radio and top tech sites Sonic State and Endgadget. News of the Eigenharp has also reached 270 million households worldwide via BBC World TV.

Bird & Bird has been advising Eigenlabs on many aspects of getting the business off the ground, including manufacturing contracts, employment issues, software licensing and acquisition of business premises. Bird & Bird partner Sally Shorthose, who has been leading the team advising Eigenlabs, comments: “At Bird & Bird we thrive on supporting technology rich and innovative clients as they evolve, whether SMEs or multinationals. We are especially pleased to be involved at the start of a venture that is such an exciting development for the music industry.” Bird & Bird’s lawyers are so impressed with the Eigenharp, that having heard the instrument at a sneak preview, they have booked a performance at an upcoming firm event.

Bird & Bird's relationship with the team behind the Eigenharp - John Lambert, Simon Hampton and Isabel O'Brien - dates back to 1994, when their then new company Hyperlink became Bird & Bird’s first internet industry client. John Lambert, Founder of Eigenlabs, says: “Given the nature of our businesses, we need advisers who fundamentally understand the industries we are involved with – both from a technological perspective and across the commercial areas which require strategic legal advice. Bird & Bird has been a great support to us over many years and we look forward to continuing to work together.”

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Allison Reid or Ben Girdlestone
Tel: +44(0)20 7415 6079/ +44(0)20 7982 6470
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About Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is an international legal practice comprising Bird & Bird LLP and its affiliated businesses, and has offices in Beijing, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, The Hague, Helsinki, Hong Kong, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm and Warsaw.

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About Eigenlabs

Eigenlabs is a start-up British innovation company, founded by internet entrepreneur John Lambert in 2001.

It all started in a barn on his Devon farm, with a small team of designers and programmers, some private finance, and a dream to make the world's most expressive electronic musical instrument. No-one said it would be easy, and it was four years before the Eigenharp made even its first sound. A whole eight years later it is ready to be unveiled to the world.  Designed specifically for live performance, it is simply the most expressive electronic musical instrument ever made.

Eigenlabs now employs 40 people in Exeter and London. It has so far attracted investment in excess of £10m. The company itself is highly technical and visionary, with an international team composed of outstanding individuals who excel in their fields. The design centre and factory are based in Exeter, while the marketing and musician teams are based in Covent Garden, London.

Eigenlabs has developed a number of significant new technologies in the eight years of its research and development programme, resulting in a number of patents being filed for its core technology. For more information on Eigenlabs, please go to

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