When our client, a major international engineering company, wanted to purchase a small UK company in order to access its technology in hydraulic power take-off from offshore wind turbines, they turned to Mewburn Ellis for advice.
Prior to the purchase, our client identified a potential obstacle to utilising the technology that they were seeking to acquire – another major international engineering company owned four European patents/applications apparently directed to similar technology. They needed to clarify the implications of those patents/applications before they could complete the acquisition and so contacted Mewburn Ellis partners, Stephen Hodsdon and Matt Naylor.
After detailed technical discussions with engineers and IP department staff from both our client and the target company, Matt and Stephen provided initial oral advice regarding the validity, non-infringement and IP entitlement in connection with the potentially problematic patents and applications. This was followed with a detailed written opinion. The opinion reassured our client sufficiently to allow them to proceed with the acquisition of the UK target company which went through unimpeded, to the satisfaction and benefit of our client.