Kilburn & Strode is one of the leading patent and trade mark attorney firms in Europe. We are consistently ranked as a top-tier firm in independent surveys and legal directories. Here are some recent comments from the leading surveys and directories.

The Legal 500, 2016 edition

We are ranked in the top tier for both our patents and trade mark practices.

Within Patents

Kilburn & Strode LLP’s impressive patent practice is comprised of ‘high-quality attorneys who are fun to work with, down-to-earth, and who have strength across the board’. The group regularly handles FTO searches, filings, prosecutions and portfolio management for clients such as Reaction Engines, Epizyme, Magnomatics and LG Electronics. Partners Kristina Cornish, Elizabeth Crooks, Jennifer Harris and Nick Bassil are ‘all brilliant and make a fantastic life sciences and chemistry team that displays real confidence’. Gareth Fennell has ‘tremendous knowledge and practical experience in the difficult area of software patents’. On the electronics and materials side, chairman Gwilym Roberts has ‘real panache’. Also recommended are managing partner Richard Howson and senior partner Peter Hale.

Within Trade Marks

Kilburn & Strode LLP handles clearance searches, filings, prosecutions and portfolio management for a client base that includes Sony Mobile, Blackberry, NBC Universal, Dreamworks Animation, Porsche and the American Bar Association. Group head Carrollanne Lindley is a ‘tour de force’ and partner Iain Stewart is ‘calm, sensible, and excellent at handling some of the most challenging clients’. Ryan Pixton is ‘one to watch’.

Chambers and Partners 2017

We are ranked in the top tier as a firm, and four of our partners have also been individually commended as notable practitioners. This latest edition of Chambers comments:

What the team is known for: Leading destination for filing, portfolio management and rights strategy. Deep and varied expertise in electronics, life sciences, mechanical engineering and trade marks. Powerful UK and EU oppositions practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I receive nothing but exemplary service and support from the firm. The advice we receive from them has helped shape our future for the better."

"They perform high-quality work and are a pleasure to deal with."

Work highlights: Recently appointed as counsel to Magnomatics on the management of its patent portfolio. This has required significant engagement with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Advises Sangenic on its global patent enforcement strategy, and recently assisted with obtaining injunctions key to its European operations.

Notable practitioners  

The "really impressive" Kristina Cornish is a "first-rate" patent attorney known for her deep technical expertise in the life sciences sector. She advises on all aspects of prosecution and oppositions.

"First-class" trade mark attorney Carrollanne Lindley is sought after for her counsel on portfolio protection and enforcement actions. Clients say: "She combines a business-focused approach with technical skill and an ability to deliver out-of-the-box solutions."

The "very bright" Gwilym Roberts is a patent specialist who advises on filing and prosecution strategies, and has extensive experience acting for universities and hi-tech companies large and small. He has significant experience handling EPO oppositions and assisting with product clearance matters.

Iain Stewart advises on a broad range of technologies, including automotive, computer science and medical devices. He also assists with design matters and anti-counterfeiting. Sources say: "He is very responsive and always tries to find creative responses to technical issues."

Significant clients: Amgen, Aston Martin, Boeing, DropBox, Yahoo!.

IAM Patent 1000, 2016 edition

The firm has been 'Highly recommended' with eight of our partners being commended individually. These partners were Richard Howson, Kristina Cornish, Jim Miller, Gwilym Roberts, Nick Bassil, Alexander Korenberg, Nick Lee and Peter HaleFind the full write up on us at the IAM Patent 1000 website here. The following is an excerpt of the larger write up.

'Kilburn & Strode’s patent team has “tremendous technical knowledge” and acts for a “truly broad range of clients”. It is strong in electronics, information technology, biotechnology and engineering, but has also seen significant expansion in life sciences and chemistry, with several exciting new hires and notable resources being poured into the sphere. A real highlight of late has been its work for Reaction Engines; it has been drafting and prosecuting UK and international applications for the SABRE engine and advising on commercialisation opportunities. Others include devising a bespoke patent strategy for new client Inside Biometrics; representing Sangenic/Tommee Tippee in litigation concerning replacement cassettes for its popular nappy bins; and assisting LG Electronics on a key EPO opposition. “We are very happy with its work,” enthuse satisfied clients; “it easily understands the technology, what is important for us to protect and what is required to convince examiners and get a patent granted. We are really pleased with the team’s work ethic, efficiency, responsiveness and meticulousness.”' 

In the Unified Patent Court context, Kilburn & Strode was recognised as a skilled firm with our individuals Kristina Cornish, Peter Hale and Gwilym Roberts listed as ‘those players best placed to guide clients through both familiar and unfamiliar terrain of the incoming Unified Patent Court’.  

World Trademark Review 1000, 2016 edition

Kilburn & Strode's Trade Marks group has again maintained its top ranking, "Gold", in the UK World Trademark Review 1000 2016 edition. The publication highlights Kilburn & Strode’s success through the words of our clients. The opening sentence reading “There are other good firms out there, but the quality of their individuals is not as high from top to bottom as it is at Kilburn & Strode”.

Our Partners Carrollanne Lindley and Iain Stewart have also been individually highlighted as Gold band for "Prosecution and Strategy". Partner Ryan Pixton and Consultant Nigel Jennings were also commended. Carrollanne is noted for her knowledge and work ethic, going “above and beyond the call of duty to ensure you get the best service”. Iain is described as “commercially switched on and practical” as well as “an excellent communicator”. Ryan Pixton is deemed a “clearance search guru” and an “up-and-coming player”.

The WTR 1000 Guide is a top independent legal research directory that evaluates trade mark practices and practitioners. Our top tier ranking has been secured by positive feedback from the market, depth of experience, calibre of work and market presence.

Find the full write up on us at the World Trademark Review website here

Chambers and Pa​rtners, 2016 edition

We are ranked in the top tier as a firm, and 5 of our partners have also been individually commended, all appearing in band 1. This latest edition of Chambers comments:

What the team is known for: One of the best firms for prosecution, portfolio management and rights strategy in the UK. Considered outstanding for matters relating to brands, electronics, life sciences and mechanical engineering.

Strengths: (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It was my decision to switch our patent portfolio to Kilburn & Strode and it was the best business decision I've ever made."

"The advice offered is always of a highly practical nature, enabling us to quickly make business decisions based on their direction."

Work highlights: Recently appointed as global trade mark counsel to easyGroup.

Prosecution of patents on behalf of client GKN Land Systems relating to energy-efficient hybrid fuel technology for city buses. The portfolio has enabled the client to secure supply deals for the use of the technology in 500 buses for British urban transport networks.

Notable practitioners:

Nick Bassil is a patent attorney experienced at all stages of patent registry matters, from drafting through filing to oppositions. He specialises in life sciences, biofuels and nanotechnology.

Kristina Cornish advises on all facets of patent work with respect to biotech and pharmaceuticals. Sources say: "She's a real whizz on chemistry and clients really like her." Reasons cited include her ability to explain things to those without a science background and her "understanding of client priorities."

Carrollanne Lindley leads the firm's acclaimed trade mark practice and is sought after by household-name clients for her advice and representation. Sources say she is "a favourite contact for trade mark filing and portfolio issues."

Gwilym Roberts advises on a broad range of technologies, including automotive, computer science, medical devices, optics and telecoms. He is commended for non-contentious work and disputes with one source saying: "He's been in a lot of major cases over his career so you can rely on him to know the right strategy."

Iain Stewart is highly regarded for his work concerning trade marks and industrial designs. One source says: "He is always a first-choice strategist to tackle global problems that have a UK or EU angle and has all the best traits - a creative mind, a strong work ethic and a sense of humour."

Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2015 edition

Kilburn & Strode is home to over 60 IP professionals. The names mentioned by peers include the ever-active Gwilym Roberts and Kristina Cornish. "Gwilym is a key IP thought-leader in the UK," says one. Tim Copsey and Peter Hale are respected names in patent oppositions, while Nick Bassil is recognised in life sciences. "Richard Howson is extremely responsive and always provides pragmatic advice that is right on point," says one satisfied client.

Another client says: "They've been excellent. They have in depth knowledge of our field [orthopaedics and biologics] and we like the way they connect it to other areas of science." Patent case studies show Nick Lee and Alison Care advised Oxford-based Adaptimmune in a $104m fundraising round while simultaneously managing its patent portfolio. The firm is assisting Honeywell to defend multi-jurisdictional attacks on its patent for HFO "wonder molecule", and is in charge of the global patent filing programme for Deloitte. There were significant new client wins across its patent practice groups to round up a very successful 2014.

Trade Mark & Copyright
London-based Kilburn & Strode is home to some 70 IP professionals, including over 40 qualified trade mark and patent attorneys. Its trade mark practice – which is revered in oppositions – has seen new trade mark instructions from brand owners including easyGroup, Coach, BlackBerry, Lloyds Pharmacy and Tata Communications. "They are very strong in trade mark," says one competitor. "They have a decent trade mark portfolio," adds another.

There is praise from clients and peers alike for the work of Iain Stewart and, in particular, the dual-qualified Carrollanne Lindley. "Carrollanne is an excellent trade mark specialist," says one. The firm's case studies feature, among others, Lindley advising Norton Motorcycles on brand licensing.

IAM Patent 1000, 2015 edition

The firm are 'Highly Recommended' and six of our partners have also been commended individually:

'"Kilburn & Strode has a strong, diverse team and can be highly recommended as a go-to firm. It is easy to see why it is in such high demand right now - its attorneys are commercial, approachable, user friendly and super-bright, and they work flat out. The group practises with real energy and is always collaborative and solutions focused." In the past 12 months the group's headcount has grown by over 20%; the internal promotion of five senior associates to partner level is another sign of its buoyancy. It enjoyed some stellar work highlights last year too - not least its continued management of Adaptimmune's worldwide patent portfolio, which became the centrepiece of the venture's record-setting fundraising. It also showed off its cross-border litigation chops and dexterous handling of EPO oppositions through its representation of Honeywell in connection with disputes over the protection of chlorofluorocarbon replacement technology. In the chemistry and life sciences arenas, oppositions ace Kristina Cornish and pharmacology and biochemistry master Nick Bassil play key roles. Peter Hale and Gwilym Roberts lead the pack in the electrical field. Roberts is one of the United Kingdom's best-known patent attorneys and peers call him "an absolute star". As part of a stand-out cross-disciplinary clean technology team, he recently joined forces with mechanical guru Jim Miller in drafting and filing international patent applications for GKN Land Systems concerning inventions that apply Formula One kinetic energy recovery system technology to city buses. Award- winning draftsman Miller gets to work on exciting projects for prestigious companies such as Aston Martin; while mechanical whizz Richard Howson maintains the patent portfolio of one of the world's most famous aerospace companies.'

World Trademark Review 1000 – The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, 2015 edition

Our trade marks group has been recommended in World Trademark Review's WTR 1000 for the fourth consecutive year. We have retained our top tier (‘Gold’ band) ranking in the list of trade mark attorney firms. In addition, Carrollanne Lindley and Iain Stewart have been recommended in the Gold band for ’Individuals: prosecution and strategy’. Nigel Jennings and Ryan Pixton are also commended.

Safeguarding the marques of global heavy hitters such as BlackBerry, HarperCollins, Porsche, Netflix and NBC Universal, Kilburn & Strode continues to go from strength to strength. “Our favourite filers – they are very commercial and client focused.” Guiding the agency is Carrollanne Lindley, who boasts valuable past experience as a barrister and as general counsel with multinational corporates. Iain Stewart is hailed for his “excellent creative and strategic advice”; his aptitude for oppositions in particular is showcased in his contributions to INTA’s International Trademark Oppositions Guide, although he also excels at anti-counterfeiting and the negotiation of co-existence agreements. Nigel Jennings is well versed in the management of global portfolios, especially in Europe and Asia; as is former examiner Ryan Pixton, who made partner this year.”

Chambers and Partners, 2015 edition

We are ranked in the top tier as a firm, and 5 of our partners have also been individually commended, all appearing in band 1. This latest edition of Chambers comments:

What the team is known for: Advises clients on all aspects of their patent and trade mark portfolios. Key areas of expertise include chemicals, life sciences, the electrical sector and engineering.

Strengths: (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Great, solid trade mark attorneys with a proactive approach."

Work highlights: Advised the International Stem Cell Corporation on its UK patent application for parthenogenetically activated stem cells.

Represented Sangenic International on the enforcement of a patent in Japan.

Notable practitioners:

Nick Bassil is a well-regarded patent attorney who is particularly noted by sources for his stem cell work. His main areas of focus are biochemistry and pharmaceuticals.

Kristina Cornish is a patent attorney who is recognised for her work before the EPO which includes opposition and appeals. Her main areas of expertise are pharmaceutical chemistry and biotechnology.

Jim Miller is a patent attorney who is noted for his work in the engineering sector. He acts for clients on patent oppositions and prosecution on a UK and EU basis.

Gwilym Roberts is a "very prominent" patent attorney who advises clients on patent portfolio management. Areas of expertise include patent audits and patent filing strategies.

Carrollanne Lindley is an "excellent" trade mark attorney who advises on trade mark enforcement and prosecution. Prior to entering private practice she trained as a barrister and worked in-house.

Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2015

Six of our partners have received industry recognition in the ‘Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2015’ edition. Nick Bassil, Alison Care, Kristina Cornish, Nick Lee, Jim Miller and Gwilym Roberts have all been individually recognised as World leading patent agents.

Here are some of our other recent accolades:

  • ‘Trade marks Law Firm of the Year – UK’ awarded by Lawyers World Magazine, 2014
  • ‘Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – UK’ awarded by Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards, 2013
  • 'Trademarks Law Firm of the Year – UK' awarded by Lawyer Monthly in 2011 and 2012
  • 'Trademark Firm of the Year, UK' at the Finance Monthly Law Awards in 2011 and 2012
  • 'UK Trade Mark Prosecution Firm of the Year' awarded by Managing Intellectual Property magazine, 2010