Claire Weston

Trainee Patent Attorney

Claire joined Kilburn & Strode in September 2016 as a Technical Assistant and is currently training to become a patent attorney in the Life Sciences and Chemistry group.

She previously graduated with an MChem in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Manchester in 2012 and went on to complete a PhD in synthetic chemistry and photochemistry at Imperial College London. During her PhD, Claire worked on the development of new photoswitchable molecules, in particular concentrating on azoheteroarenes. She also focused on the downstream applications of these molecules, such as developing photoswitchable enzyme inhibitors to allow selective targeting of disease. Claire has presented at several international conferences during the course of her PhD.


MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry – University of Manchester (2012)
PhD in Chemistry – Imperial College London (2016)


Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) - associate member
Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) - student member
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) - student member

Selected Publications

C E Weston et al. Arylazopyrazoles: Azoheteroarene photoswitches offering quantitative isomerization and long thermal half-lives, JACS, 136, 11878-11881 (2014)

C E Weston et al. Photoswitchable basicity through the use of azoheteroarenes, ChemComm, 52, 4521-4524 (2016)

A. Care, L. Stallard-Stephens, C. Weston, Patents versus prizes: A Nobel case study, Kilburn & Strode, (2019)

  • Chemistry
  • Materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Patents

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