I am a Start-up / Spin-out Business

We tailor our input to match your needs

We have a wealth of experience providing IP advice to start-ups & spin-outs across a wide range of industry sectors, renowned for being flexible in the way we work and varying our input to fit your needs.

We are often involved right at the moment of a company’s formation. In fact, many of the spin-out companies we work with are born from patented technology we have procured for universities and research institutions. Our legal team are particularly active in this space and have a proven track record in providing start-ups with robust “investable” IP.  They can also advise on technology access through pipeline agreements, technology transfer arrangements, options and rights of first refusal. Also dealing with IP licence negotiations, and drafting licence documents.

We tailor our advice to meet your needs and budgets. Our extensive experience in this field means we are able to provide high quality commercial IP advice at all levels of progress, whether this be working with well-established spin-outs with considerable IP portfolios or newly formed companies with no published patent or trade mark applications.  Our aim is to build relationships with you and ensure we have not only a technical understanding of your business, but also a firm grasp of your commercial goals.  All of our attorneys are well versed in the government schemes focused on financial incentives for innovation. We can help you benefit from the latest R&D tax incentives.

Our IP specialists work at all stage of the IP life cycle and provide strategic advice about patent, trade mark and registered designs.  Should a dispute arise, whether that be a person infringing or encroaching on your IP, or defending against such allegations we a range of different options and strategies to maximise your outcomes.  From pre-action correspondence, alternative dispute resolution and litigation in the UK or other national courts, to declarations of invalidity or non-infringement, to cancellation, revocation, entitlement actions, oppositions and appeals at the UK or EU IP Offices or the European Patent Office we will help you identify the best course of action for you and the circumstances you face.

Client testimonials

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Health, Wellness and Fitness Client

"Thank you for all your sterling advice and assistance, in pushing us forward at the right pace, with the lowest possible costs – so that we can grow faster together. It’s been most refreshing for us!"

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Recycling Client

"They took the time to listen and understand what it was we were trying to achieve in terms of our product and commercial plans and we then worked on a detailed plan, including timeframes and costs, to achieve our patent."

We work at every stage of the IP lifecycle


Drafting, Filing & Prosecution
Portfolio Management
Searching & Watching
Renewals & EP Validations


Pre-action Advice
Oppositions & Appeals
Alternative Dispute Resolution


Strategic Advice
Commercial Issues
Corporate Support

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Mewburn Ellis


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.