Our 2020 Tier 1 Legal 500 Ranking

Our 2020 Tier 1 Legal 500 Ranking

We are pleased to announce our Tier 1 ranking in the latest edition of The Legal 500 for UK Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys. The firm has been praised for its exemplary work and our partners have been individually recognised for their market leading expertise.

Our patents team are recognised for combining a strong pharmaceutical and life sciences practice with a powerful electronics and technology offering, as well as an impressive track record acting for engineering clients. Our trade marks team are acknowledged as a comprehensive and highly versatile trade mark practice, spanning clearance searches, the drafting and filing of trade mark applications, and representation in opposition and cancellation proceedings. In addition to our London headquarters, the firm offers an experienced trade marks team in its Dutch offices in Amsterdam (Hilversum) and The Hague, as well as a liaison office in San Francisco.

The patent ranking recommends partners Nick BassilKristina CornishElizabeth CrooksKathryn EldridgeRichard HowsonAlexander Korenberg, Jim Miller, Jennifer Harris, Tom Leonard, Nick Noble, Marco Morbidini, Jeremy Smith, Mark Abthorpe, Robin Lloyd, Tim Copsey, Nick Shipp, Nick Lee, Alison Care, and Gwilym Roberts and Senior Associate Dayle Callaghan. The publication discusses our successes in EPO opposition and appeal instructions, drafting and prosecution of patent applications, portfolio development and management, and transactional instructions, including due diligences and fundraising prospectus opinions. On our patent work, one key client said

Excellent problem-solving skills. Thorough and detailed analysis with a focus on getting the important information across clearly.’

Highlights in our patents practice include the work we have carried out for LG Display, Boeing, Cisco, Honeywell, Mars, Janssen, Queen Mary University, Imperial Innovations (tech transfer for Imperial College London), Dropbox, Gooji Limited, LG Electronics, and Aston Martin.

The trade mark ranking recommends partners Carrollanne Lindley and Iain Stewart. The publication focusses on the trade marks team success in the provision of litigation support, due diligence instructions, licensing agreements and enforcement work. A client stated 

We have had first-rate service with very good continuity. Rapid time to resolve problems and the right first-time approach.’

The entry for our Trade Marks group includes a discussion of the market leading work we have carried out for easyGroup, Colgate-Palmolive, NBC Universal (including DreamWorks Animation), La Perla, Penguin Random House, E.ON, NewsWeek, Netnames, Blackberry, and Abbott.

We are thrilled with our inclusion and are grateful to Legal 500 for their independent research and publication. The full details on the ranking can be found here.
We would also like to thank our clients and contacts for providing feedback.
‘Gwilym Roberts and Richard Howson are hugely practical and make difficult technical discussions accessible to the less technical of us.’
‘K&S is one of the leading patent attorney firms. It focuses on what it does best.’
‘Gwilym Roberts is an excellent practitioner. He is at the top of his profession. Smart, likeable and intelligent.’
‘What sets K&S apart is that the team is 100% interested in what we do, understands what we are about and gives clear views on the strengths of cases.’
‘Diligent and proactive, and they care about us as a client. They give a commercial view, not just a legal or theoretical one.’
‘Jim Miller is probably one of the best patent attorneys in Europe in the mechanical field. Outstanding in every way.’
‘Deep technical knowledge and a quick appreciation of the facts of the matter, allowing a timely and relatively cost-effective manner of solving the open issues.’
‘Smart and very friendly.’

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