Kilburn & Strode

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The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

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Kilburn & Strode ranks among Europe’s elite trademark attorney outfits, with clients reporting that “its staff consistently demonstrate an unmatched level of knowledge in IP”. Over 115 years in the market, the venerable firm has built up a stellar reputation and has the skills and outlook to show for it: operating from offices in London, Rotterdam, Amsterdam and San Francisco, it serves as a holistic service hub for household names the world over. One especially prescient project is its continued trademark prosecution and oppositions work for Zoom Video Communications – almost inarguably the fastest-growing brand name of 2020 and 2021. Leading on this task are Jeffrey Parker and Iain Stewart. Consultant Parker brings 45 years of experience to the table, with a stint at Clifford Chance and more than a decade spent running his own IP boutique under his belt; his patrons – many of which hail from the United States – value his creative solutions. Stewart’s client feedback speaks for itself: “Iain is one of the most competent attorneys I have had the pleasure of working with.” He is knowledgeable on all aspects of trademark prosecution; while multi-jurisdictional oppositions and disputes also fall within his wheelhouse. Other recent highlights include trademark clearance and advisory work for Samsung; and a global portfolio review for Mubadala Investment Company alongside Carrollanne Lindley. Lindley works in sectors ranging from fintech to real estate, but has recently spent a lot of time engaging with healthcare companies – highlights include pro bono work for National Health Service support charity COVID-AIDLIFE, trademark filing for Oxford Biomedica and portfolio management for Vitabiotics. “Carrollanne is a highly experienced and knowledgeable trademark practitioner, providing focused, pragmatic advice without racking up excessive costs.” The personable Ryan Pixton is also popular with patrons, who report: “No matter how many matters we send, Ryan and his team are able to handle it. Ryan is very responsive and gives clear and practical advice; we trust him and his judgement completely.” He has lately collaborated with Jeffrey Parker to conduct a series of oppositions for multibillion-dollar software company Valve Corporation and carry out filings for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Firm Profile

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 office in Hilversum, near Amsterdam. Having a presence in the Netherlands ensures that the firm’s attorneys can provide a seamless European service to clients, both within the region and worldwide. Domestic and international clients look to the firm's attorneys as their strategic European advisers. This is helped by the fact Kilburn & Strode also has liaison offices in Rotterdam, The Hague and Munich. In addition, a liaison office in San Francisco is 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.

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.

In 2021, Rowena Tolley joined the partnership. Rowena’s hire builds on the momentum of the recent joining of “trade mark rock star” and “go-to EU resource” Jeffrey Parker.

Clients and sectors

The team has a global reach and an extensive client base – operating in approximately 200 jurisdictions and managing more than 27,000 trademark registrations. This makes the firm one of the largest filers of EU trademark applications. Their client base is drawn from a number of sectors, with 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 EUIPO and the EUIPO Board of Appeal. Their creative approach to such proceedings and their commercial and pragmatic advice are appreciated by clients. This means that they have been able to achieve amicable resolution of various proceedings, including where parties’ positions have been entrenched.

Committed 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 expertise in 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.

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