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Kilburn & Strode LLP

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 1

Kilburn & Strode LLP ‘is a top-tier UK and EU Intellectual Property firm’, and with an office in California, the practice is able to service its Silicon Valley and San Francisco-based clients effectively. The team has seen a growth in activity regarding the AI, food and beverages, and healthcare sectors, and continues to be strong in the life sciences and technology spaces, supporting clients in EPO prosecutions, oppositions, and appeals. Nick Lee spearheads the life sciences and chemistry team, while Gareth Fennell heads up the technology practice, which also includes managing partner Richard Howson, who has a strong focus on the aerospace and automotive sectors. The engineering group is chaired by Robin Lloyd, and firm chairman and honorary secretary of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Gwilym Roberts is also a key name of note.

Practice head(s):

Nick Lee; Gareth Fennell; Robin Lloyd

Other key lawyers:

Nick Bassil; Jennifer Harris; Sarah Lau; Mark Abthorpe; Elizabeth Crooks; Duncan Bull; Elizabeth Crooks; Tom Leonard; Jo Bradley; Nick Shipp; Harry Harden; Alexander Korenberg; Jeremy Smith; Gwilym Roberts; Marco Morbidini; Robin Lloyd


‘Kilburn attorneys are among the best at asking the right questions and driving for not necessarily a quick win, but flexibility and higher value.’

‘Gareth Fennell and Jennifer Harris provide valuable advice on IP strategy and legal counselling on IP related matters.’

‘Robin Lloyd has great attention to detail, and he is practical yet also creative with commercial solutions.’

‘Kilburn & Strode is a top-tier UK and EU Intellectual Property firm. The team’s expertise is well balanced across different areas of IP Law to cover patents, designs, trade marks, and copyrights. The client focus, creativity, and excellence of the team makes Kilburn & Strode a unique IP firm to work with.’

‘Strong expertise across a wide variety of technologies and IP subject matter. They keep up to date with new developments and are a progressive firm, and they have very good bench strength across the board, good knowledge of a wide variety of industry sectors, and excellent and very smart individuals.’

‘The standout individuals are Nick Bassil, Jennifer Harris, Sarah Lau, and Mark Abthorpe. All have excellent technical knowledge and are great communicators.’

‘Elizabeth Crooks has keen problem-solving abilities, creative use of case law, and practical and pragmatic approaches to addressing patent issues with an eye towards underlying business needs of her clients set her and her team apart from the peers.’

‘Kilburn & Strode’s team is highly-motivated and professional. You can feel the enthusiasm of the team towards their work. Duncan Bull is a pleasure to work with and gains a deep understanding of his clients’ business needs.’

Key clients





Aston Martin Lagonda

Harvard College

The Broad Institute

Adaptate Biotherapeutics

LG Display



Melinta Therapeutics

Sensyne Health Group



Edwards Lifesciences

Honeywell International

Master Dynamic

Ball Corporation


Work highlights

  • Managing Aston Martin’s patent and design portfolio during a 22 month secondment for their Head of IP, including IPT advice and design protection for DBX 707.
  • Assisting a world famous tech company on a deep dive analysis of the European commerce market to strategise growth in their European portfolio.
  • Defending Honeywell’s critical IP rights.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 1

Kilburn & Strode LLP boasts a ‘stand-out team’ that is well-equipped to handle cross-border work with offices in London and the Netherlands. Practice head Carrollanne Lindley is praised by one client as ‘unmatchable’ and is highly adept at strategies surrounding managing international trade mark portfolios, including prosecution and enforcement mandates. Iain Stewart divides his time between London and Hilversum as co-head of the Dutch practice, and he has an international client base. ‘Exceptional trade mark attorney’ Rowena Tolley is another core member of the team with a growing UK client portfolio, including companies from the medical, food and drink, finance, sports equipment, transport, and music industries. Ryan Pixton manages some of the firm’s largest clients, assisting them with multinational filings, oppositions, litigation support, and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Carrollanne Lindley; Iain Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Rowena Tolley; Ryan Pixton; Jeffrey Parker; Ben Scarfield; Nora Fowler


‘Iain Stewart and his team are phenomenal. They are a go-to team for all trade mark prosecution and enforcement matters in the EU and UK. Clients appreciate their responsiveness, their consideration of business concerns, and their ability to present holistic solutions to issues.’

‘Rowena Tolley is an exceptional trade mark attorney. Her advice is always commercially and legally driven.’

‘The firm has deep trade mark expertise.’

‘Rowena Tolley is highly responsive, knowledgeable, practical, and a joy to work with.’

‘A stand-out team that is always commercial.’

‘Carrollanne Lindley is unmatchable, commercial, practical, and a joy to work with.’

‘The team knows the law inside out, understands clients’ commercial aims, and keeps them informed regularly.’

‘Carrollanne Lindley has immense knowledge and Ben Scarfield knows his stuff. Carrollanne is a star, providing sound advice during examination. For contentious matters, her counsel is commercially relevant and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Gilead Life Sciences


Taal Distributed Information Technologies

Delta Air Lines


Sweet Street Desserts

Cyclomedica Australia Pty



Azentio Software Private

Corza Medical


Royal College of Radiologists


The Entertainment Industry Foundation

Renault S.A.S

Puro Sound Labs LLC

Block, Inc.

Gosling Rum


Work highlights

  • Advising an airline on their UK and EU trade mark portfolio and coordinating a number of contentious matters.
  • Defending a large financial services and digital payments provider in the validity of its iconic design before the EPO.
  • Defending easyJet, easyCar, and easyBus’s EU trade mark registrations from revocation for non-use and managing the client’s defence of attacks on 35 of its registered trade marks filed by the other party in a high court litigation action.

Kilburn & Strode understands the point where business, innovation and the law meet. Its reputation for straight-talking, commercially sound advice has helped to make it one of Europe’s leading intellectual property firms. Dedicated to helping its clients protect and profit from ideas, the team is renowned for making the complex simple and for seeing the business issues as clearly as the legal ones. This blend of skills has seen the firm consistently ranked as top-tier in independent surveys.

The firm: Kilburn & Strode is wholly focused on intellectual property. This single-minded approach enables the team to advise on the many legal, commercial and technical issues that come together in this highly complex area of the law.

The firm is home to many attorneys who are recognised as leading the way in their various disciplines. The well-respected trade mark and patent teams include specialists in tech (electronics and IT),  biotechnology, chemistry (material and pharmaceutical) and engineering. Collectively, they manage to combine being at the top of their game with a reputation for friendliness and jargon-free advice.

This is a firm that understands the value in tailoring its approach to suit the aims of each client. The team works collaboratively, taking the time to understand the issues on the table and the possibilities in the marketplace. It’s an approach that has been honed over many years with a range of clients – big and small, established and new, universities and individuals.

Working this way has ensured that Kilburn & Strode is a permanent fixture at the top of professional surveys and has helped to make the firm a leading choice Europe-wide for IP advice.

Types of work undertaken: Kilburn & Strode offers a complete intellectual property service – whatever it takes to help clients protect and generate value from their IP interests. The firm works with a wide variety of industrial and professional clients from around the world and is particularly well known for advising on the acquisition, enforcement and licensing of worldwide IP rights.

Patents: the patent team has a long track record of delivering legal advice that makes good business sense. Its full range of services is as broad as the world of patents itself and includes the filing and prosecution of patent applications, portfolio planning and management, watching and searching for third-party rights, infringement and validity opinions licensing, renewals, due diligence reports, fundraising prospectus opinions and patent term extensions (Supplementary Protection Certificates – SPCs).

The team also has a strong background in policing intellectual property rights and in litigation and dispute resolution. Appearing before the opposition divisions and appeal boards of the European Patent Office is a key specialism, as is working with solicitors and counsel in UK court actions, and with colleagues across Europe and internationally in multi-jurisdictional cases.

Trade marks: the firm’s trade mark team works with clients throughout the world and offers a service that spans all aspects of portfolio management. This includes trade mark searching and advice, opinions regarding infringement and passing-off, filing and prosecution of trade mark applications, oppositions and cancellation actions. The team also advises on licensing, anti-conterfeiting, copyright, due diligence, registrable transactions, enforcement processes and conflict resolution.

Handling the legal and practical issues surrounding community trade marks and international ‘Madrid’ registrations is another area where Kilburn & Strode has considerable experience. The firm’s attorneys have also spent a great deal of time handling contentious matters in the European Union and further afield.

Designs and copyright: Kilburn & Strode has established itself as a leading firm in this increasingly important area of IP law. Its attorneys are helping clients to safeguard their copyright and designs throughout the UK and Europe, delivering advice on the status of their IP and a strategy to protect it. They have a huge amount of experience in filing and prosecuting applications for design registration in the UK and before the EUIPO.

Supplementing these core disciplines, Kilburn & Strode offers services that extend into all areas of intellectual property – it’s fair to say that its attorneys’ command of their various subject areas makes them the first choice to advise on anything from the everyday to the exceptional.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Richard Howson
Trade marks Carrollanne Lindley
Life sciences & chemistry Nick Lee
Engineering and designs Robin Lloyd
Tech Gareth Fennell
Number of UK partners : 34
Number of other UK fee-earners : 99
Total number of staff : 249