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Kilburn & Strode LLP

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London, Munich

Nick Lee

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Kilburn & Strode LLP

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Life sciences & chemistry




Nick’s practice is based in the broad field of the biosciences, with clients in the areas of biotechnology and medical devices. His expertise lies in immunology (in particular, antibodies/T cells), RNA interference, nanotechnology, recombinant DNA technology, diagnostics and microparticle technology.
His time is primarily focussed on prosecution and opposition matters at the European Patent Office. His experience and success in these areas means that he is often asked to deal with cutting edge and high profile cases. For example, he represented The Johns Hopkins University in the seminal case that set the 'plausibility' test for the amount of data required to support inventive step in a European patent (T1329/04). 
Nick’s large and ever-growing client base spans UK companies, overseas attorneys and large multinationals. His passions include working with biotechnology companies, adding value by building strong and customised patent portfolios, designing and implementing patenting strategies and providing commercial and strategic advice on third party rights in due diligence exercises.  He also provides advice directly to a number of US companies in the biosciences area, who highly value his expertise and ability to obtain and protect their European IP.
Nick is closely involved with smooth running of the firm and his skills extend to the management of many of Kilburn & Strode’s departments. 




Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate
European Patent Attorney
Chartered UK Patent Attorney
BSc Hons (Biochemistry) - University of Bristol

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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