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MBM Commercial enters strategic partnership for patent attorney consultants



MBM Commercial is delighted to welcome two new European patent attorney consultants to the team as part of a strategic partnership with entrepreneurial patent attorney firm, Ellis IP. Dr. Michael Ellis and Dr. Claudia Duffy are experienced European patent attorneys with a focus on advising entrepreneurial businesses throughout the UK.

MBM Commercial has a strong reputation as a leading legal adviser throughout the UK to investors and high growth technology companies and this strategic partnership expands the firm’s intellectual property and corporate finance capability.  Working alongside the firm’s IP, Data & Contracts Team and its Corporate Team, the patent attorney consultancy services provided will include investment and M&A intellectual property due diligence and advisory work; advice on patentability as part of MBM Commercial’s IP audits; advice and input into intellectual property disputes and litigation; and providing opinions and input into intellectual property contract negotiations.

The experience of both Michael and Claudia will be invaluable to MBM Commercial’s client base. Michael has a background in chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences and has worked in the patent profession since 1999 and founded Ellis IP in 2006. He has particular experience in life science and medical, materials and cleantech.  He is a mentor to many business start-ups and entrepreneurs andsits on the European Qualifying Examination committee for patent attorneys. Claudia is a former scientist turned patent attorney and has worked in the patent profession since 2008, both in private practice and in-house attorney roles in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh. Claudia has a background in physics and chemistry and advises on a range of sectors including electronics, software, engineering, material science and medical devices.  She is a co-founder of the Strategic IP Forum in Cambridge, leads CAMentrepreneurs Scotland, is a member of the Young Academy of Scotland and also the IP expert and a member of the angel syndicate Dunedin Solutions in Edinburgh.

Stuart Hendry, Senior Partner at MBM Commercial commented, “This is a very exciting time for us and I am delighted to welcome Michael and Claudia to our firm as part of our strategic partnership with a like-minded entrepreneurial business. The experience and connections of both European patent attorneys will be a great benefit to many of our clients who are technology companies and investors.  These patent consultancy services will bolster our existing first class intellectual property service offering, which includes trade mark services and specialist legal input for the UK and US.”.

Michael Ellis, Managing Director at Ellis IP commented, “Ellis IP is a boutique firm of patent attorney and IP analysts based in Edinburgh and having a UK-wide and international client base. The expertise of MBM Commercial’s IP, Data & Contracts team complements our holistic approach based on ‘in-house attorney’ experience by which we provide bespoke IP consultancy services to our entrepreneurial clients. We are very excited to partner with MBM Commercial to expand our offer of strategic IP advice services to the UK entrepreneurial community and beyond.”.



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