Semiconductor devices are found in everything from computers and mobile phones to pacemakers and military defence systems - they play a key role in contemporary life. Companies working in the fabrication of semiconductor devices are part of a multi-billion pound global industry.


Our specialist IP attorneys are well-versed in the specific needs of this rapidly evolving market. They have an in-depth technical understanding of semiconductors and this, coupled with a solid legal knowledge means you can be confident of thorough IP protection in this sector.

Semiconductor patents

Our semiconductor team includes patent attorneys from our electronics, computing & physics and our chemistry & materials patent groups. They typically have degrees and, in some cases, PhDs in engineering, physical sciences and materials.  They work alongside our electronics & electrical engineering sector team to seek patent protection in the UK, Europe and around the globe for innovations relating to

  • semiconductor materials
  • methods of deposition and growth of semiconductor materials
  • semiconductor device structure, and
  • industrial fabrication and processing techniques

They have considerable experience dealing with both defensive opposition & appeals (where a third party opposes a patent granted to our client) and offensive oppositions & appeals (where our client choses to oppose a problematic patent granted to a competitor).

Varied clients in the semiconductor devices industry

Our semiconductor team has a strong base of clients including a number of large, successful multi-national corporations. However, of course they work equally well with universities and start-up/spin-out companies, tailoring their advice to suit each client’s commercial goals and IP budgets.

Trade mark protection for the semiconductor industry sector

Our large, competent team of trade mark experts helps our clients to secure trade mark protection, in the UK, the EU and internationally where required. They are well known for successfully handling complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes through both trade mark opposition and other contentious proceedings, often in tandem with negotiating settlement agreements with the help of our dispute resolution team.

Our dispute resolution team is also on hand should any issues relating to infringement of IP rights occur.

Other IP Services

Our patent and trade mark attorneys are well supported by our legal services team who have considerable experience in assisting with exploitation of IP rights and dealing with regulatory issues.  They can also help in preparing and negotiating transactional agreements.

And if there is a need for IP training within your business or you are part of a legal team that would benefit from our in-house assistance service, you will find Mewburn Ellis straightforward to work with and mindful of your commercial goals.

Finally, our renewals service can help with payment of renewal fees for all IP rights across the semiconductor sector.