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Sean Jauss

Partner, Solicitor


Sean Jauss
Sean Jauss

Sean is the head of our legal services team and advises a wide range of clients on all types of IP law, technology transfer and the exploitation of IP, including:

  • structuring IP deals to maximise their value or potential, and to manage risk
  • advising on, drafting and negotiating a wide range of IP contracts relating to buying, selling, developing or commercialising IP
  • conducting IP due diligence in connection with the sale or purchase of IP or for investments, IPOs, or M&A
  • advising on IP entitlement issues and contractual freedom to operate
  • advising on life science regulatory issues including data and marketing exclusivity, human tissue regulations and advanced therapy medicinal products
  • advising on invention disclosure processes, IP policies and procedures, managing know how and trade secrets, IP clearance and analysis, and IP portfolio management

He also works with our dispute resolution team on the preparation of settlement agreements in concluding disputes both before and after litigation has started.

Sean has experience across a vast range of industry sectors. He has particular experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, mechanical & structural engineering and the nanotech sectors.

Sean is a highly regarded transactional IP lawyer. He is ranked as a ‘Notable Practitioner’ in Chambers & Partners (2015) which said that clients have reported that “I was very impressed by the high standard of the work undertaken, applying experience from other transactions and using a very clear, approachable communication style.” and “They’re always on-the-ball and know their stuff.” In Chambers & Partners (2014), it was reported that clients observed that Sean “very quickly understands the strategy and detail in a very complex contract, and uses his extremely good communication skills to make constructive comments for discussion.” Other sources noted that he “is extremely commercially astute, dedicated to his clients and a pleasure to work with. He explains complex issues in a coherent and concise way, and is able to offer high-level advice in a cost-effective manner.”

He is also recognised as having “expertise in IP protection, commercialisation and rights enforcement, with a strong presence in the life sciences, engineering and nanotechnology sectors” in The Legal 500 (2014) and being  “‘very thorough’; he led on the hard-IP aspects of two AIM IPOs”.  –  The Legal 500 (2015).

Sean and his team receive praise in The Legal 500 (2016) as researchers comment: “Boutique firm Mewburn Ellis LLP excels in the life sciences, nano-material, chemical engineering and university technology transfer arenas. Sean Jauss heads the practice”. Sean and the Legal Services team have once again been recognised in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 as ‘particularly strong in the life sciences space, advising universities as well as spin-out and start-up companies on managing portfolios that cover major blockbuster drugs.’

Sean’s clients appreciate his talent for “explaining complicated concepts with clarity and concision”. – Chambers & Partners 2016. In Chambers & Partners 2018 Sean is recognised for his work advising on all facets of prosecution, licensing and litigation. One client says: “He explains complex ideas in a way that’s easy to understand, he identifies areas of risk and he is a real pleasure to work with.”

Sean has been recognised as an “IP Star” in 2016 and 2017 by Managing Intellectual Property: IP Stars. He is recommended for IP-related legal transactions.

Sean regularly provides tailored IP seminars to our clients. Our university clients find this service particularly useful. He also contributes to a number of professionally run IP training courses.

Sean has a BSc in microbiology from Imperial College, London and a PhD in microbiology from the University of Cambridge. He obtained a PgDL from the College of Law, London. He trained as a solicitor at a ‘magic circle’ London law firm, qualifying in 2003. Sean established and managed the technology transfer office at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He was previously the lead lawyer and manager of the transactional IP team in the Bristol office of a major international law firm before joining Mewburn Ellis to head our legal services team.

Sean joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in 2011 and joined the partnership in 2014.

t: +44 (0)117 945 1234
e: sean.jauss@mewburn.com
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