Trade marks


Mewburn Ellis are the European trade mark attorneys of choice for a wide range of clients ranging from sole traders through to well-known corporate clients and many high-ranking UK and foreign law firms. Our large, well-established team of experts advises clients across the globe on all aspects of trade mark law and practice

Trade marks

We work closely with our clients to secure trade mark protection. We regularly receive positive reviews and enjoy an excellent reputation among our clients.

Serving a broad client base

Our clients range widely, from iconic UK consumer brands to international pharmaceutical companies, from sole trader businesses, small partnerships and start-ups to small-to-medium-sized enterprises, universities & research institutions, and international blue-chip companies. We fully understand the business goals and needs across a wide range of industry sectors, including, for example, pharmaceuticals, sports, entertainment, defence and many service industries. We also have specific teams focused on the on-line retail, professional services and food & beverage industries

We advise clients on the adoption of trade marks, in terms of availability to use and register. Our trade mark attorneys have a proven track record in making excellent judgement calls when faced with the vast amount of information often generated in clearance searching.

We handle the filing and prosecution of UK applications, European Union Trade Mark and Madrid Protocol applications, for international protection, and work with local attorneys around the world.

Unregistered trade mark rights

As well as advising on registered trade mark rights, our attorneys are well versed in the issues surrounding unregistered rights and passing off.

We are well known for successfully handling complex and 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 legal services team is experienced in all transactional matters involving trade mark rights and can also assist with recordal matters.

We can also advise on domain name registration and have a proven track record in assisting clients against third parties in domain name disputes.

Sound business acumen

All of our trade mark attorneys have sound business acumen and can provide practical, commercially-focused business advice. We can make sure IP rights are being exploited to the full and that future trade mark registration filings are in line with commercial goals. We also have considerable expertise in the strategic management of trade mark portfolios.

Members of our trade mark team are, or have been, actively involved in various committees/working groups of CITMA (Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys), INTA (International Trademark Association) and AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle).

Wide range of trade mark services

Our wide range of trade mark services includes:

  • Obtaining trade mark registrations in the UK, the EU and internationally
  • Defending and prosecuting trade mark oppositions and cancellation proceedings at EUIPO and the UKIPO
  • Enforcing trade mark registrations in the UK and the EU
  • Assisting with transactions involving trade marks
  • Advising on contentious matters involving trade marks
  • Providing opinions on validity and infringement of trade mark registrations
  • Providing advice on the registrability of trade marks
  • Providing clearance searches prior to trade mark adoption
  • Advising on all aspects of unregistered marks
  • Providing business advice on the management of existing trade mark portfolios and future filing strategies
  • Carrying out due diligence for vendors and investors
  • Providing training on all IP matters including trade marks
  • Providing in-house assistance
  • Trade mark renewal fee payment