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Kilburn & Strode LLP

LACON LONDON, 84 THEOBALDS ROAD, LONDON, WC1X 8NL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7539 4200
Fax:
Fax 020 7539 4299
Email:
Web:
www.kilburnstrode.com
London, Munich

Richard Howson

Tel:
Work +44 (0)20 3947 4200
Web:
www.kilburnstrode.com/our-people/richard-howson
Kilburn & Strode LLP

Work Department

Electrical

Position

Partner

Career

With a degree in engineering and industrial experience working as an engineer in automotive R&D, Richard specialises in the mechanical and electrical fields. He has knowledge of a wide range of technologies in these fields, but has particular experience in the automotive and aerospace sectors. His automotive expertise is in powertrains, engine control and hybrid vehicles, including the design of electrical machines for hybrid applications. His aerospace experience takes in mechanical systems, electrical systems and manufacturing technology, usually in commercial aeroplane applications, but also in spaceflight applications. He is also active in technologies in the CleanTech sector.
 

Richard’s patent practice includes drafting new applications, prosecuting applications worldwide and managing large portfolios for multinational corporations. European Patent Office opposition work, including representing clients at oral proceedings before the EPO, forms a large part of Richard’s practice, with The Legal 500 noting that he is 'a particular expert in oppositions.'
 

As well as being a European Patent Attorney and a Chartered UK Patent Attorney, Richard is qualified as a Singapore Patent Agent following a spell practising in that country.
 

Outside his casework, Richard has been involved in setting and marking the European Qualifying Examination - the exam that leads to qualification as a European Patent Attorney. He is a contributing editor to the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorney's Patents Training Manual, and speaks regularly on patent-related topics in the US and Europe.
 

The 2016 edition of IAM Patent 1000 recognised Richard’s ‘outstanding prosecution practice’ and the 2015 edition cited him as a ‘mechanical whizz’ for his expertise in that technical area.  Richard has also been ‘highly recommended’ in 2015’s The Legal 500 and ‘recommended’ in their 2014 edition. The 2017 edition of Managing IP, IP Stars Handbook states that ‘Kilburn & Strode has been growing under the leadership of patent star Richard Howson.’ Managing IP also acknowledged Richard as an ‘IP Star’ for Patents in the 2016 IP Stars Handbook. The 2015 IP Stars Handbook, noted that, ‘Richard Howson is extremely responsive and always provides pragmatic advice that is right on point’.

Member

CIPA
EPI - Member of committee that devises and marks the EQE (2007-2012)
FICPI - Council member and Secretary of FICPI-UK

Education

Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate
European Patent Attorney
Chartered UK Patent Attorney
Singapore Patent Agent
BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering - The University of Birmingham (International Gas Turbine Institute prize for final-year project)


London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Within: PATMA: Patent attorneys

Kilburn & Strode LLP has a team which is 'very determined' and 'goes the extra mile', and a client roster that includes Boeing, Teva and Merck. Kristina Cornish leads the team and recently defended Janssen Pharmaceutica against a revocation by Sandoz and Hexal in relation to its HIV-related drug Prezista. Gwilym Roberts acted for Container Development in an opposition appeal pertaining to its new design for the top of a drinks can, which is more protective than on a standard drinks can. Tim Copsey and Jim Miller defended Keter Plastics against a revocation by an anonymous party in relation to its Easy Go Breeze bucket. Also recommended is Nick Lee, who represented Harvard College in its European patent for its gene editing technology CRISPR. Richard Howson worked with Ecotricity on its global patent protection strategy. Howson also worked alongside Robin Lloyd in assisting Reaction Engines with its UK patent grants regarding the pre-cooler of one of its rocket engines.

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