The fast-paced automotive sector encompasses both design and manufacturing. It is a global industry, in which Germany and the UK are key players – being the top two producers of luxury vehicles in the world.

The industry is currently being driven by powerful environmental, social, economic and technological trends. From the development and manufacture of vehicles to design and performance, engine and transmission systems to materials, structures and safety - the demands for ground-breaking technologies is high.

Changes in consumer mobility practices is also driving rapid development of new vehicle concepts, many of which are being unlocked by technology innovations in the areas of electrification, connectivity and autonomy. The pace of change that we are currently seeing will only increase over the coming years, facilitated by rapid advances in AI, communications, image processing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and developments in battery technologies.

Our automotive IP specialists include Engineers and Chemists who possess an array of experience in fields including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Composites, in particular sustainable composites (essential if the automotive industry is to meet its ambitious sustainability targets), Battery Technologies, Tyres and Automotive Safety as well as Data Ownership & Security and Standard Essential Patents (SEPs).

Our unique combination of IP expertise makes us ideally placed to help you to protect, defend and exploit your technology through all stages of the research and development process. We will work alongside you to build an IP strategy aligned to your business goals and objectives.

For more information see our Future Mobility spotlight page.

Meet our specialists

Callum Anderson v1

Associate, Patent Attorney

Daniel Brodsky Feb-21

Senior Associate, Patent Attorney

Lucy Coe Feb-21

Associate, Patent Attorney

Urs Ferber Feb-21

Senior Associate, Patent Attorney

Paul Misselbrook - Oct 2022

IP Director, Patent Attorney

Christoph Moeller - May 2022

Partner, Patent Attorney

Juliana Murray Feb-21

Associate, Patent Attorney


Partner, Patent Attorney, Litigator

Simon Parry - Oct 2022

Partner, Patent Attorney

Dan Thornton - Oct 2022

Partner, Patent Attorney

EPO Opposition Trends in Engineering, Electronics and Software

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EPO Opposition Trends in Engineering, Electronics and Software

In autumn 2020, we analysed more than 8000 opposition cases filed at the European Patent Office (EPO) over the last 12 years, studying the timelines for hundreds of engineering, electronics and software oppositions.

The research enabled us to see how oppositions have been affected by procedural changes at the European Patent Office and by the Covid-19 pandemic. With a focus on Transport, Medical Devices, Telecommunications and Software, the report also looks at how opposition outcomes vary across the four different technology sectors and which players are the most active.


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Mewburn Ellis Forward is a biannual publication that celebrates the best of innovation and exploration. Through its pages we hope to inform and entertain, but also to encourage discussion about the most compelling developments taking place in the scientific and entrepreneurial world. Along the way, we’ll engage with the IP challenges that international organisations face every day.