“Mathys & Squire have been with us since we began our transition from industrial markets into the automotive sector. In the years that we have worked with Mathys & Squire Sean Leach, and his associate Andrew White, have struck up a relationship with our technical team, and we know they can be relied upon for both their legal knowledge, and their technical expertise.
Asked to comment on patent strategy, and on the significance of IP to businesses in the North East, Matt also said “It’s not just about the North East it’s true across the country, and internationally, that IP can be the starting point in many transactions. Our patent portfolio has been critical for this. Of course, there is more to IP than patents, the know-how and commercial intelligence in our people is a significant resource. We intend to increase our patent filings as we continue to grow in the automotive sector. This sector can be very patent sensitive. We often need to share information when making deals, but we also need to keep control of our IP. We need to be able to point at the background IP that's ours."
Sevcon President & CEO Matt Boyle
“We are a small business without in-house IP function. Mathys & Squire have helped us protect our IP and to define our IP in deals with customers. This support has been critical in allowing our business to scale. It has freed our people to focus on their own roles. Licensing our IP has enabled us to scale without making the capital outlay for manufacturing equipment. Sean and the team have helped us to negotiate an IP licence which we estimate will generate income of several millions of Euro per year. Sean and Andrew stand out for their proactive approach […] they understand our business strategy beyond IP and help us to make the best use of our resources."