Working with our Munich Office

In 2017 we opened our first office in mainland Europe – in Munich, Germany. This represented an important step in the expansion of our IP services and has further cemented our position as one of Europe’s leading specialist IP firms.

From Munich we offer the full range of patent, trade mark and design services, including drafting, prosecution, oppositions and appeals, dispute resolution, IP strategy consulting and portfolio management.

Our Munich base not only enhances our ability to service our EU-based clients, but also our numerous international clients. In addition to seamlessly continuing to provide trade mark and design services at the EUIPO following Brexit, we can also now provide our clients with services focussed on German national rights, representing our clients directly before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), and the German Federal Patent Court. Mewburn Ellis is one of a small number of firms in Europe that is capable of representing clients in this way, and this has been extremely well received by our clients.

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How helpful are biological deposits in patent prosecution at the EPO?

How helpful are biological deposits in patent prosecution at the EPO?

by Eliot Ward

In our article about biological deposits under the Budapest Treaty, we explored the deadlines and formalities for depositing microorganisms so that the deposit can be referenced in a patent ...

UPC Weekly - Three Known Unknowns at the UPC

UPC Weekly - Three Known Unknowns at the UPC

by Matthew Naylor

2024 Week 23 It’s a bit risky to write a blog where you hope it will go out of date quickly. But right now seems a good time to take stock and draw a breath. Here we summarise the most important ...

Mewburn Ellis ranked ‘gold tier’ in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2024

Mewburn Ellis ranked ‘gold tier’ in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners 2024

by Joanna Smith

We are delighted to once again be ranked ‘gold tier’ in IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners where we are recommended for our expertise in Patent Prosecution and at the European ...

How liquid air can store solar and wind energy

How liquid air can store solar and wind energy

by Callum McGuinn

Storing energy from solar and wind is a huge challenge. We talk to Highview Power, whose liquid air concept means solar and wind farms can store energy for the long term.

Mewburn Ellis is first European IP firm to earn Great Place To Work Certification™

Mewburn Ellis is first European IP firm to earn Great Place To Work Certification™

by Maria Hall

We are proud to have been officially named as a Great Place To Work™ 2024 by Great Place To Work®, the global authority on workplace culture. This certification proves we have created a great ...

Unitary patent and UPC to cover Romania from 1 September 2024

Unitary patent and UPC to cover Romania from 1 September 2024

by Eliot Ward

The first enlargement of the UPC and Unitary Patent (UP) territory will happen on 1 September 2024, when Romania’s ratification of the UPC Agreement enters into force.

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Our Growing Team

Our Munich office is a fully operational Mewburn Ellis office. We have invested in it heavily, and we have worked hard to grow it from the ground up. We are proud to say that our Munich team has increased to a significant size, and we now have over 15 colleagues permanently based in our Munich office. We intend to expand further too.

Led by partner Tanis Keirstead, the Munich team currently includes four partners. In addition to Tanis there are two German patent attorney partners and one German trade mark partner. We also have three qualified attorneys together with a number of highly skilled German paralegals “Patentanwaltsfachangestellte”) who work alongside them to offer a high quality and stable service for clients looking for EUIPO, DPMA and EPO services.

As such, our Munich team include patent specialists who work across the engineering, life sciences and chemistry technical fields; as well as experienced trade mark attorneys with expertise across all aspects of German, European and international trade mark law.

The Munich team work closely and effectively with UK based colleagues to ensure our clients benefit from the entire depth and breadth of expertise available within Mewburn Ellis.

Open pages of Guide to the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court

Guide to the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court

This is a significant change that has different implications depending on business goals as well as your sector and size of business.

Find out more detail about the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court with our detailed guide. This covers a summary overview of both as well as details around costs and processes to obtain a unitary patent and a comparison of pros and cons.

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A Harmonised Approach

In recent years, the cost of filing and prosecuting applications at the EPO has risen. Together with the relatively strict examination at the EPO, many international applicants are now looking to the national route instead of the EPO - in particular, they are looking at filing UK and German patent applications instead of EP applications. At Mewburn Ellis we are extremely well placed to service this renewed interest in the national route.

We offer a one-stop shop for filing and prosecuting UK and German national patent applications. Further, our integrated way of working means that our clients benefit greatly from our UK and German attorneys working closely with one another on related cases across the portfolio. On the one hand, our integrated approach leads to appreciable cost benefits for our clients, resulting from streamlined advice and simpler lines of communication. On the other hand, it leads to a more harmonised approach in the management of their UK and German patent portfolios, which ultimately strengthens our clients’ IP position in the marketplace.

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FORWARD MAGAZINE

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.