Top-tier European IP firm Kilburn & Strode further expands its reach into the US with the hire of Albert Keyack, former EPO attaché to the United States, as Vice President.
Having Albert in our ranks, with his direct EPO experience from such a high level and unique position in the EPO, is a major differentiator for us and our clients.
Gwilym Roberts, Chairman
With more than three decades of experience in intellectual property, including holding roles with the European Patent Office (EPO), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and in-house as Chief IP Counsel, Albert provides a wide range of insights for our US clients and contacts. He joins Freddy Thiel
, VP of the firm’s San Francisco liaison office, to create a unique US offering.
Prior to joining Kilburn & Strode, Albert represented the EPO as the first attaché to the United States, a role of both advocating for European patents and acting in a liaison role with US-based applicants to the EPO. Albert also represented the USPTO as the Intellectual Property Attaché to Latin America, advocating both for stronger intellectual property laws, judicial reforms and better trade practices, as well as representing the interests of US industry with regards to intellectual property and related regulatory issues, such as pharmaceutical regulation.
Chairman Professor Gwilym Roberts
states: “We’re gamechangers. We were the first European IP firm to receive accreditation from the California Bar Association to practice in California from our San Francisco office. This is another groundbreaking first. Having Albert in our ranks, with his direct EPO experience from such a high level and unique position in the EPO, is a major differentiator for us and our clients. As a global firm, this new hire supports our commitment to providing an exceptionally unique service. Albert brings a vast knowledge of both European IP and the US market. We look forward to sharing this value-added service to our contacts across the United States seeking IP protection in Europe.”
Albert is based in the United States and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or +1 571 529 3532.