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Kilburn & Strode LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 1

Kilburn & Strode LLP combines a strong pharmaceutical and life sciences practice with a powerful electronics and technology offering and an impressive track record acting for engineering clients. EPO opposition and appeal instructions form an important part of the caseload, but the group also excels in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, portfolio development and management, and transactional instructions, including due diligences and fundraising prospectus opinions. Nick Bassil and Kristina Cornish direct the life sciences and chemistry practice while managing partner Richard Howson, Alexander Korenberg and chairman Gwilym Roberts are the heads of the electronics and IT department. Jim Miller heads the advanced engineering group. The firm also has offices in San Francisco, Amsterdam, Munich and The Hague.

Key clients

Aston Martin





Imperial Innovations


LG Display

LG Electronics


Queen Mary University

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 1

Kilburn & Strode LLP offers a comprehensive trade mark practice, spanning trade mark clearance work, the drafting and filing of trade mark applications, and representation in opposition and cancellation proceedings. The group also excels in the provision of litigation support, due diligence instructions, licensing agreements and enforcement work. On top of its offices in Munich and The Hague, the team also boasts a new office in Amsterdam, launched in January 2019, and a liaison office in San Francisco, staffed with European attorneys, which accounts for the firm's success in attracting direct US clients. The London-based Carrollanne Lindley, who is also an IP litigator and a qualified barrister, leads the team.


The team is collaborative and customer-focused. We are pleased with the timeliness of their responses and attention to detail.

Iain Stewart is very clever in his approaches!

Key clients




easyGroup Limited


La Perla

NBC Universal (including DreamWorks Animation)



Penguin Random House

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 electronics, 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, 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 and chemistry Kristina Cornish
Chemical engineering Tim Copsey
Mechanical engineering and designs James Miller
Photo Name Position Profile
 Nick Bassil  photo Nick Bassil
 Alison Care  photo Alison Care
 Tim Copsey  photo Tim Copsey
 Kristina Cornish  photo Kristina Cornish
 Elizabeth Crooks  photo Elizabeth Crooks
 Kathryn Eldridge  photo Kathryn Eldridge
 Gareth Fennell  photo Gareth Fennell
 Jennifer Harris  photo Jennifer Harris
Mr Richard Howson photo Mr Richard Howson
 Alexander Korenberg  photo Alexander Korenberg
 Sarah Lau  photo Sarah Lau
 Nick Lee  photo Nick Lee
 Thomas Leonard  photo Thomas Leonard
 Carrollanne Lindley  photo Carrollanne Lindley
 Robin Lloyd  photo Robin Lloyd
 Jim Miller  photo Jim Miller
 Jonathan Morrall  photo Jonathan Morrall
 Ryan Pixton  photo Ryan Pixton
 Gwilym Roberts  photo Gwilym Roberts
 Nick Shipp  photo Nick Shipp
 Iain Stewart  photo Iain Stewart
Number of UK partners : 21
Number of other UK fee-earners : 80
Total number of staff : 200