IP Stars has ranked three Kilburn & Strode Rising Stars for 2022, adding to the firm’s top rankings as a Tier 1 firm in the Patent Prosecution and the Trade Mark Prosecution categories of patent & trade mark attorney firms.
Associate and VP of the San Francisco Liaison Office, James Snaith, and Associates Abi Heath and Ben Scarfield were named in this year’s directory as Rising Stars. The list distinguishes up-and-coming IP practitioners in private practice who meaningfully contribute to the success of both their firm and their clients.
Ben, who is part of the firm’s Trade Marks team, continues his streak as a Rising Star, having been named several times in recent rankings and has been noted by the directory as “one to watch.” Both Abi and James are part of Kilburn & Strode’s Life Sciences & Chemistry group. Abi has recently returned from a secondment at Adaptate Biotherapeutics and James is located in the Bay Area to bolster the firm’s San Francisco liaison office offering. You can read more about each practitioner below.
About Abi Heath
Associate, Life Sciences & Chemistry
Starting her career at Kilburn & Strode in 2016, Abi leverages her experience in cancer research and genetics for clients across the field of Life Sciences. Abi’s practice focusses on biotechnology, biologics and healthcare, with particular expertise in antibodies and vaccine technologies.
She was recently seconded to a client - Adaptate Biotherapeutics - providing IP strategy, collaboration, drafting, FTO and due diligence advice culminating in their successful acquisition by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company. Abi also works with several other high-profile clients in the antibody and next-generation sequencing space, on both complex prosecution matters and commercially important oppositions.
About James Snaith
VP of San Francisco Liaison Office, Life Sciences & Chemistry
James specialises in chemical patent matters, particularly pharmaceuticals, polymers and other materials. Recent highlights include James’ work with clinical phase pharmaceutical companies, one of which was recently acquired by a global pharmaceutical company for over $13bn. James works closely with his clients to draft and prosecute patent applications in Europe, co-ordinate worldwide patent prosecution, and advise on due diligence matters and overall patent strategies. James is also a regular instructor on patent law and drafting courses around the world for WIPO.
About Ben Scarfield
Associate, Trade Marks
Ben's client base covers a broad range of industries, from cutting-edge biotechnology companies, to street artists and global leaders in international sports and live broadcasting solutions.
Ben handles each stage of client’s trade mark lifecycle – from taking new brands through multi-jurisdictional trade mark clearance projects, to global filing strategy and prosecution, and exploitation of rights. Securing the rights is only part of the puzzle – and Ben’s practice includes a strong focus on contentious matters, covering enforcement and dispute resolution, and anticounterfeiting strategies.
Click here to read Kilburn & Strode’s full ranking.
Congratulations to all three practitioners ranked this year, along with everyone else on the Rising Stars list.