Mewburn Ellis LLP is one of Europe’s leading international intellectual property practices. It provides clients, across a multitude of industries, with the advice they need to protect their innovations and intellectual assets. The firm’s attorneys and lawyers combine impressive academic backgrounds with extensive practical experience, so that clients receive the high-quality advice they need to protect their ideas and achieve their commercial objectives.
The firm: While the firm is particularly well known for biotechnology and pharmaceutical work, Mewburn Ellis also offers a wealth of expertise and experience in a variety of other technical fields, including electronics, computing, telecommunications, mechanical engineering, chemistry and medical devices, as well as trade marks, designs and legal services. Meanwhile, its network of fully staffed operational offices around the UK makes Mewburn Ellis totally accessible: on hand to work alongside clients in person whenever possible.
Founded in 1867, Mewburn Ellis has doubled in size over the last 20 years. The firm now has well over 50 qualified attorneys, most of whom are UK chartered and European patent attorneys or UK registered and European trade mark attorneys. This continuing expansion has overseen a rapid growth in the range and quantity of the firm’s work around the globe, as well as in the UK, giving Mewburn Ellis an international client base covering Europe, US and Japan in particular.
As well as being respected for the high technical quality of its work, the firm puts an emphasis on service, making sure its clients’ working lives are as easy as possible.
Behind the scenes, the firm has developed bespoke computer systems and working practices that allow it to offer considerable flexibility for clients in terms of billing, correspondence and portfolio management. The customised nature of the firm’s computer systems allows for instant updating should laws change.
To complement the flexibility of its systems, Mewburn Ellis invests heavily in training its attorneys, exposing them to a wide range of clients and work, so that each attorney knows how to ensure that every client receives the maximum commercial benefit from working with the firm. Mewburn Ellis attorneys combine impressive academic backgrounds with extensive practical experience, so clients receive the high-quality advice they need to protect their ideas and achieve their commercial objectives, whether their objectives include growth, exit or successfully taking a new product to market for the first time.
Types of work undertaken: Mewburn Ellis files and prosecutes patent, trade mark and design applications in the UK and Europe, and manages portfolios of applications around the world. The firm handles contentious matters, including oppositions at the UK and European patent and trade mark offices, as well as intellectual property litigation in the UK. The firm also has extensive experience in supporting the commercial activities of its clients, including advising on (a) the exploitation of registered and unregistered IP rights, (b) transactions involving IP such as licensing and collaborations, (c) European competition law as it applies to IP, (d) supporting corporate transactions, for example by IP due diligence, (e) data protection and privacy law, (f) IT contracts and (g) regulatory issues in the life science sector, including clinical trials.
Additionally, the firm offers a full renewals service for all registered rights, as well as patent and trade mark watching and searching services.
Breakdown of work %Trade marks 20
Electronics, computing, software 15
Mechanical engineering 10
Number of partners 40
Number of other fee-earners 41
Total staff 173
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