Lauren Stallard-Stephens

Trainee Patent Attorney

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

Prior to starting at Kilburn & Strode, Lauren worked at a large university technology transfer office. Her responsibilities included managing new invention disclosures, carrying out prior art searches, dealing with patent formalities and formulating responses to patent office objections.

Lauren’s academic background is extensive and varied but she has particular experience in the field of immunology. She has a BSc in Molecular Biology. Her final year project looked at the effects of cytokines in osteoarthritis, examining their effect on aggrecanases. Lauren’s PhD focussed on developing cell lines expressing species specific FcγRIIIa for testing therapeutic antibodies. This included looking at the effects that antibody engineering (e.g. mutagenesis and glycosylation) had on antibody binding to FcγRIIIa in human and non-human primate models.

Following her academic studies, Lauren continued her research with a post-doctoral position at Imperial College London. The focus was on establishing T-cell specific gene expression profiles to distinguish different groups of patients diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.


PhD in Immunology – University of Cambridge (2014)
BSc in Molecular Biology – Cardiff University (2009)


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) - student member
The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (EPI) - student member

Selected Publications 

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

  • Biotechnology
  • Biologics
  • Healthcare
  • Patents

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