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Kilburn & Strode LLP

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Richard Howson

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Kilburn & Strode LLP

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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’.


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


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 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.

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