Mechanical & structural engineering


The mechanical & structural engineering sector encompasses a wide range of technical disciplines, from mechanics and materials science to robotics and thermodynamics, in an even wider range of practical applications.

Mechanical & structural engineering

At Mewburn Ellis, we have the depth of technical and commercial understanding and breadth of technical expertise to support all of our clients’ IP needs across this wide-ranging sector.

Patents for the mechanical & structural engineering sector

At Mewburn Ellis our mechanical & structural engineering team is made up predominantly of patent attorneys drawn from our engineering or electronics, computing & physics patent teams. Most have a physics or engineering degree and some have a PhD. They can help you to obtain and enforce patent protection for your new technical innovations in the mechanical & structural engineering sector.

Technical areas in which team members have particular experience include:

  • Construction materials
  • Heating & cooling systems
  • Industrial equipment & machinery
  • Cranes
  • Bridges
  • Transport infra-structure
  • Elevators

And if there is a need to defend a granted patent or to attack a problematic patent owned by a competitor, our patent attorneys in the mechanical & structural engineering team have extensive experience of both defensive and offensive oppositions at the EPO.

The mechanical & structural engineering sector team work alongside our transport, cleantech, medtech and oil & gas sector teams which also handle a significant number of engineering-related inventions.

Trade mark & design protection

Many of our 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 well-established network of foreign associates. The trade mark team has a proven track record for successfully handling multi-jurisdictional disputes through both opposition and other contentious proceedings, often in tandem with negotiating settlement agreements with the help of our dispute resolution team.

Our design experts within the team are well placed to obtain registered design rights around the globe as well as advising on unregistered design rights in the UK and Europe.

IP Support for mechanical & structural engineering 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, designs or trade marks arise.

The team is happy to provide IP training tailored to suit your business needs 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 option for dealing with renewal fee payments for all IP rights across the world.