James joined Kilburn & Strode in 2016 and is a European and UK Patent Attorney in the Tech and Engineering group.
James handles a broad range of high-tech subject matter, from MedTech to software and advanced physics to electronics. He works closely with clients at the cutting edges of their fields, developing their technical and scientific innovations into commercially valuable rights.
James enjoys the challenge of getting the most out of an invention at every stage of the patenting process, from drafting comprehensive and highly technical patent specifications, to prosecuting applications to gain the widest possible scope of protection, to defending clients’ rights against competitors post-grant. Familiar with advising companies at every stage from start-up to multinational, he tailors his guidance to provide legally astute advice in a readily digestible style. James has experience of in-house secondments working onsite with clients to help identify patent filing opportunities, develop their IP systems, and ensure alignment between their legal rights and their long-term technical and commercial goals.
Before working in intellectual property, James graduated from Imperial College London with a First-Class Honours MSci in Physics. James went on to complete a PhD researching nuclear fusion with the University of York, focusing on plasma-material interactions in tokamaks and investigating the effects of high heat and particle fluxes on different materials. This involved a long-term industrial placement at Culham Science Centre, including hands-on work on the world’s largest fusion tokamak.