Mechanical Engineering

For more than 125 years, the intellectual property group of Ropes & Gray has represented clients in matters relating to the mechanical arts, offering an unmatched depth and breadth of mechanical engineering knowledge.


The rise of computer-aided machining and production has exponentially increased the intricacies of mechanical engineering, as well as the attendant intellectual property issues. The mechanical arts are also increasingly linked to electrical engineering and other disciplines, with significant implications for engines and pumps, compressors, and numerous other types of modern machine technology.

With our depth and resources, Ropes & Gray can offer clients a team that unites legal and technical knowledge across a wide spectrum of scientific disciplines. Our IP attorneys, patent agents and technical advisors are on the cutting edge of their respective disciplines. Many of our professionals have advanced degrees, including Ph.D.s, in mechanical engineering or related fields.

Additionally, our sophisticated in-house graphics and animation team makes even the most complex mechanical processes understandable to judges, juries and other nontechnical audiences.

Our mechanical engineering experience covers a host of machines, equipment and technologies, including:

  • Ships and aircraft 
  • Industrial controls 
  • Construction machines 
  • Electricity generators and batteries 
  • Taps and valves 
  • Agricultural equipment 
  • Machine tools 
  • Industrial bearings 
  • Locks 
  • Pumps 
  • Printing and textile machines
  • Compressors 
  • Lighting