Industrial Chemistry


Despite being a very well-established industry, technical innovations remain prolific and companies operating in this industry sector have the potential to see enormous commercial benefits that can arise from adequate IP protection.

Industrial Chemistry

We work with a wide range of chemical companies in all stages of development, from the small start-up commercialising a new innovation, to the large corporate client with a vast multi-jurisdictional IP portfolio.

Patents for the industrial chemistry sector

At Mewburn Ellis our industrial chemistry team includes patent attorneys with a chemistry background, many with PhDs.  Some have carried out academic research in the field or have chemical industry experience.  They can help you to obtain and enforce patent protection for new chemicals, new compositions, new manufacturing and processing methods and new uses/applications of chemicals/compositions.

Technical areas in which team members have particular experience include:

  • polymers
  • dyes & pigments
  • paints & surface coatings
  • flavours & fragrances
  • adhesives & sealants
  • catalysts
  • bulk process chemistry
  • electrochemistry
  • oil well bore chemistry
  • enzyme formulations
  • composite materials

They also have considerable experience of the EPO’s opposition & appeal procedures, both offensive and defensive.  Our industrial chemistry team will use their knowledge and expertise to protect our clients’ interests to the full whether they are attacking or defending patents.

Trade mark protection for the industrial chemistry sector

Many of our chemical clients also rely on our well-established team of trade mark attorneys to help them protect their trade marks, in the UK, the EU and even internationally using their network of trusted foreign associates. The trade mark team is known for their in success in handling multi-jurisdictional disputes through both opposition and other contentious proceedings, often in parallel with negotiating settlement agreements with the help of our dispute resolution team.

IP Support for chemical clients

Our patent and trade mark attorneys enjoy the support of our legal services team who have considerable experience in assisting with exploitation of IP rights and in transactional IP matters.  For example, they can help in preparing and negotiating transactional agreements such as disposals & acquisitions, collaborations, options, pipeline, technology transfer and licensing agreements.

Members of the legal service team also assist our in-house dispute resolution team if contentious issues relating to patents or trade marks arise.

The team is happy to provide IP training at any level within your business and they are also happy to provide in-house assistance for IP matters either as a short-term measure in particularly busy times or on a regular on-going basis.

Finally, our renewals service provides a reliable and cost effective way of dealing with renewal fee payments for all IP rights across the world