Legal services


At Mewburn Ellis, we are proud of our Legal Services team. The team’s qualified solicitors have extensive experience and expertise in advising on IP matters, supporting the commercialisation and enforcement of our clients’ IP rights, and dealing with complex transactions involving IP.

Legal services

Our lawyers are able to offer clear, straightforward, commercial advice – advice that will help business objectives to be met. They can support a wide range of corporate and litigation activities and have a wealth of experience advising on IP rights transactions and in the recordal of such transactions.

Commercial insight into complex IP issues

Sean Jauss, head of our legal services team, is uniquely placed to offer legal, technical and commercial insight into the complex IP issues that may arise. He has a PhD in microbiology and experience running a university technology transfer office as well as a busy private practice. Working as an IP lawyer he has advised many SMEs and blue chip companies on very high value collaboration and licensing contracts. He has supported a range of corporate activities from M&As, hive outs and MBOs to venture capital investments and initial public offerings. Ranked in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 as a notable practitioner in 2015.  Sean is a well respected figure in the IP legal market.  His clients note his commercial accumen, “good depth of expert opinion” and on being “very thorough”.

Commercialisation of IP rights

The legal services team has a pragmatic commercial awareness, that is highly valued by our clients. It is the combination of this awareness and their legal and technical abilities, that allows us to provide focused, useful and competitively priced advice. You can always be confident the advice of our lawyers will materially support and advance commercial and technical objectives.

We are just as comfortable whether we are working with sole inventors and academics, or CEOs and their boards. We understand how to operate in the university environment and are keenly aware of the demands placed on technology transfer offices.

We are equaually happy to collaborate with other professional advisors to ensure clients benefit from “joined up” thinking when it comes to their IP strategy

We understand that not all our clients have the resources of some of the large blue chip companies we work for and we are aware of the tight budgetary constraints facing some research departments and SMEs. We will tailor our work to a budget, but we will always look to deliver value through highly focused and commercially useful advice.

Advice on a wide range of legal matters

We regularly advise clients on a wide range of legal matters including:

  • Advising on IP entitlement issues, the enforceability and strength of IP licences and other IP related contracts, and addressing questions regarding contractual freedom to operate;
  • Preparing for or conducting due diligence in connection with the sale and/or purchase of IP, or in relation to raising finance, IPOs, or M&A activity;
  • Structuring IP deals to maximise the value of IP rights in terms of their exploitation and commercialisation, and to manage risks;
  • Advising on and drafting the full range of IP agreements relating to buying, selling or other commercialisation of IP, including licensing, assignments, pipeline agreements, revenue sharing arrangements, distribution agreements, agency agreements, manufacturing and supply agreements, options and rights of first refusal;
  • Advising on and drafting the full range of IP agreements relating to the creation and evaluation of new products or processes, IP protection and disclosure and dissemination, including by R&D collaborations, material transfer agreements, research contracts, grant agreements, research stage evaluations, pilot projects, clinical trials, sponsored research and informed consent agreements;
  • Advising on the enforcement or defence of IP rights, including developing an effective strategy, letters before action, pleadings, discovery and court proceedings themselves (all for litigation in the High Court or the IP Enterprise Court, formally the Patent County Court).  We can also advise on resolving disputes before and after litigation has started through settlement, and preparing and negotiating the necessary agreements;
  • Protection of confidential information;
  • Advising on competition law issues in relation to IP rights;
  • Advising on IP-associated life science regulatory issues including data and marketing exclusivity, human tissue regulations and advanced therapy medicinal products;
  • IP clearance and analysis services;
  • IP portfolio management;
  • The creation and maintenance of IP policies, invention disclosure processes and patent filing policies and procedures.
  • Providing assistance on all aspects of achieving and maintaining compliance with the GDPR.