Our clients are the organisations building the brands and technology that will define tomorrow. We help them navigate that journey, using IP to imagine, plan, nurture, protect and deliver their innovations to market.
We have an international client base of more than 2,300 active clients, this includes large and small companies across all industries, from iconic international brands to dynamic start-ups. We also work for universities, research institutions and investors and are the firm of choice for many international IP and law firms needing European counsel. We are equally happy dealing directly with in-house legal departments, directors, managers and inventors and we tailor our communication accordingly.
At Mewburn Ellis we build strong and long-standing relationships with our clients. Around 45% of our clients have worked with us for over 20 years. Some of them started as small start-ups many years ago and we’ve stayed with them, working as an extension of their in-house teams and joining them on their business journey.
As a firm we work with 8 out of UK’s top 10 universities. Start-ups and spin-outs account for 40% of our client base. 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 universities, start-ups and established companies with robust “investable” IP. We collaborate with other professional advisors to ensure all of our clients benefit from “joined up” thinking when it comes to their IP strategy.
Our IP specialists work at all stages of the IP life cycle and provide strategic advice about patent, trade mark and registered designs, as well as any IP-related disputes and legal and commercial requirements. We offer audits of existing IP portfolios and offer advice on portfolio management helping our clients to integrate their IP into their business plan, to ensure it is fully aligned to future strategy. Having invested in obtaining IP rights it is vital to ensure that these rights are not lost as a result of failing to renew them. We provide an efficient, low cost, in-house renewals service and can manage the process on behalf of our clients.
Our approach is always personal and client-focussed. Every business is different. Needs, budgets and objectives vary. We create customised teams of IP experts to serve our clients, are flexible in the way we work and vary our input to fit their needs, budgets and commercial objectives. We are just as comfortable whether we are working with sole inventors and academics, or CEOs and their boards. Operating as one team, it’s our client-focused working practices and commitment to building long-term relationships that makes so many businesses and individuals choose to work with us.