Kilburn & Strode
Kilburn & Strode’s trademark team is well known for its client service and straight-talking advice, and its outstanding client base continues to grow. The firm’s exceptional attorneys have a strong commercial focus and expertise in global trademark portfolio management – their presence in the IP community is strengthened by regular involvement in numerous committees and contributions to high-profile publications.
With a deep European reach, the team has its headquarters in London and an Amsterdam office in Hilversum. Having a presence in the Netherlands ensures that the firm’s attorneys are able to provide a seamless European service to clients, both within the region and worldwide. Their domestic and international clients look to them as their strategic European advisers and the Dutch office further helps provide an integrated cross-border service in tandem with the London office, as well as bases in The Hague and Munich used by the firm’s attorneys and clients in preparation for hearings before the European Patent Office, and a liaison office in San Francisco set up to service clients in California, with European attorneys on the ground doing European work – the first European patent and trademark attorney firm with attorneys registered to practise European patent law in California, making Kilburn & Strode the only firm of its kind to permanently deliver European IP services to clients in California in their time zone. These aspects ensure that the firm remains at the vanguard of trademark practice in Europe.
Key partners and an all-around excellent team
The firm’s partners consistently receive outstanding recognition as highly competent experts in their respective fields. The team is recognised for having excellent people from top to bottom.
The WTR 1000 noted that “virtually no other trademark professional gets as much – or as positive – feedback as Iain Stewart”. It went on to praise Mr Stewart’s “to-the-point, business-focused advice”, which is informed by “strong written and verbal communication skills” and “exceptional knowledge of all issues relating to European and UK trademark practice”.
Partner Carrollanne Lindley is praised for her commercially sound and strategic advice. Regularly nominated as a leading woman in intellectual property, such praise is attributable to the breadth of Ms Lindley’s experience as a trademark attorney, as well as her previous in-house roles as counsel to global luxury brands. In a recent edition of the WTR 1000, a brand owner stated that “[Ms Lindley’s] work ethic is astonishing and she goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure you get the best service”.
Partner Ryan Pixton is noted for his growth and ascent in the profession – he was referred to as a “client magnet” in a recent edition of the WTR 1000. Mr Pixton handles some of the team’s most active clients and is well known for his understanding of clients’ needs and ability to go above and beyond on time-sensitive matters.
Headed by Claudia Festen, who brings deep experience from two major trademark and design firms in the Netherlands, the team in Hilversum continues to grow.
The London team has also brought on a number of trainee and patent attorneys to boost the team’s breadth of experience and expertise.
Clients and sectors
The team has a global reach and an extensive client base – operating in approximately 200 jurisdictions and managing over 27,000 trademark registrations. This makes the firm one of the largest filers of EU trademark applications. Their client base is drawn from a vast number of sectors, with particular strengths in publishing, entertainment, telecoms, fast-moving consumer goods, fashion, medical devices, finance and electronics.
Oppositions and cancellations
The team has enjoyed considerable success before the UK Intellectual Property Office, appointed persons, the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the EUIPO Board of Appeal. Their creative approach to such proceedings, as well as their commercial and pragmatic advice, are appreciated by clients. This has often meant that they have been able to achieve amicable resolution of various proceedings, including where parties’ positions have been entrenched.
A commitment to continued development
Kilburn & Strode is rightly recognised as a leading trademark team in Europe. The firm continues to employ new trainees and attorneys to support and bolster its different practice areas. The firm has also made considerable strides in recent years to offer new and easy-to-use client portals. Going forward it will continue to invest in operational excellence to ensure the best client experience.
Kilburn & Strode
84 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8NL
- Carrollanne Lindley, Partner