We are delighted to announce that we have now officially opened our first office in mainland Europe, in Munich, Germany. This cements our position as one of Europe’s leading specialist IP firms.
The opening of our Munich office represents an expansion of our IP services, following a period of significant growth for us in the UK. Our new office is fully part of Mewburn Ellis LLP and is located near to the European Patent Office. We have undertaken IP work in Europe for domestic and international clients for many years, but given the increase in the volume of European work we handle, establishing an on-the-ground presence was the natural next step.
From Munich, we now 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. This new base will not only enhance our ability to service our EU-based clients, but also our large portfolio of non-EU and international clients, including those from across the US, Japan and South Korea.
The office is led by partner Tanis Keirstead, who was previously based in in the UK. Tanis joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in 2005 and has been a partner in the firm since 2013. Tanis is a member of our life sciences patent team and works with a wide range of clients on invention capture and filing strategy, as well as global portfolio management.
Tanis is supported by partner Christoph Moeller who joined the firm in August. Christoph is a German and European Patent Attorney and an EUIPO representative. Christoph comes from an in-house role as VP/Head of Patents of Schindler Elevators. Tanis and Christoph are both German nationals. We expect to expand the office further into a five-partner office within 12 to 18 months.
Our Trade Mark practice is also strengthened by partner Dydra Donath who joined in January 2018. A highly experienced German national trade mark attorney with a doctorate in law, she will be responsible for driving forward our German trade mark practice and further developing the firm’s well-established EU trade mark practice. Dydra will work alongside fellow Munich partners Tanis Keirstead and Christoph Moeller in further expanding the Munich office across its comprehensive range of patent, trade mark and design services.
While European patent work will not be affected by the UK’s exit from the European Union, the effects of Brexit on trade mark and design services provided by UK firms is less certain. Opening an office in mainland Europe ensures that Mewburn Ellis will be able to continue providing comprehensive EU-wide trade mark and design services for our clients post-Brexit.