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Kilburn & Strode LLP

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 1

Kilburn & Strode LLP's liaison office in San Francisco, opened in 2018, has come into its own in 2019 and significantly increased the firm's share of Silicon Valley clients. The firm offers in-depth experience across the full range of prosecution services, from freedom to operate searches to patent application drafting and their prosecution, including representation in opposition and appeal proceedings, both in the UK and at the EPO. Due diligence matters and portfolio preparation in a fundraising context are other areas of strength. Kristina Cornish and Nick Bassil lead the life sciences and chemistry group, while Alexander Korenberg, managing partner Richard Howson and chairman Gwilym Roberts are at the helm of the technology practice, which includes engineering and electronics work. Between 2019 and 2020, the firm greatly expanded its senior ranks as Jennifer Harris and Tom Leonard became equity partners and Jeremy Smith, Mark Abthorpe, Nick Noble and Marco Morbidini joined the partnership.


‘Gwilym Roberts and Richard Howson are hugely practical and make difficult technical discussions accessible to the less technical of us.’

‘K&S is one of the leading patent attorney firms. It focuses on what it does best.’

‘Gwilym Roberts is an excellent practitioner. He is at the top of his profession. Smart, likeable and intelligent.’

‘We have had first-rate service with very good continuity. Rapid time to resolve problems and the right first-time approach.’

‘What sets K&S apart is that the team is 100% interested in what we do, understands what we are about and gives clear views on the strengths of cases.’

‘Diligent and proactive, and they care about us as a client. They give a commercial view, not just a legal or theoretical one.’

‘Excellent problem-solving skills. Thorough and detailed analysis with a focus on getting the important information across clearly.’

‘Jim Miller is probably one of the best patent attorneys in Europe in the mechanical field. Outstanding in every way.’

‘Deep technical knowledge and a quick appreciation of the facts of the matter, allowing a timely and relatively cost-effective manner of solving the open issues.’

‘Smart and very friendly.’

Key clients



LG Display

LG Electronics

Imperial Innovations (tech transfer for Imperial College London)


Aston Martin



Queen Mary University


Gooji Limited

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 1

Kilburn & Strode LLP impresses with its in-depth knowledge of the management and structuring of large international trade mark portfolios. It offers the full spectrum of trade mark services, from clearance searches and the drafting and prosecution of trade mark applications to assistance with infringement and passing off matters and advice on the commercial exploitation of trade marks, for example in licensing, due diligence and enforcement processes. The group is distinctly versatile in its sector experience, with recent highlights including work for automotive, fashion, technology and consumer product clients. In addition to its London headquarters, the firm offers an experienced trade marks team in its Dutch offices in Amsterdam and The Hague, as well as a liaison office in San Francisco. The renowned Carrollanne Lindley and Iain Stewart are the heads of the practice.

Key clients

easyGroup Limited


NBC Universal (including DreamWorks Animation)

La Perla


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 Partner
 Alison Care  photo Alison Care Partner
 Tim Copsey  photo Tim Copsey Partner
 Kristina Cornish  photo Kristina Cornish Partner
 Elizabeth Crooks  photo Elizabeth Crooks Partner
 Kathryn Eldridge  photo Kathryn Eldridge Partner
 Gareth Fennell  photo Gareth Fennell Partner
 Jennifer Harris  photo Jennifer Harris Partner
 Richard Howson photo Richard Howson Partner
 Alexander Korenberg  photo Alexander Korenberg Partner
 Sarah Lau  photo Sarah Lau Partner
 Nick Lee  photo Nick Lee Partner
 Thomas Leonard  photo Thomas Leonard Partner
 Carrollanne Lindley  photo Carrollanne Lindley Partner
 Robin Lloyd  photo Robin Lloyd Partner
 Jim Miller  photo Jim Miller Partner
 Jonathan Morrall  photo Jonathan Morrall Partner
 Ryan Pixton  photo Ryan Pixton Partner
 Gwilym Roberts  photo Gwilym Roberts Partner and Chairman
 Nick Shipp  photo Nick Shipp Partner
 Iain Stewart  photo Iain Stewart Partner
Number of UK partners : 21
Number of other UK fee-earners : 80
Total number of staff : 200