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Home to 100-plus multi-talented patent attorneys, mighty prosecution shop Kilburn & Strode continues to expand, adding four partners in the last year and investing further in its young Dutch office. Superior technical ability and client care are hallmarks of its service: “It has an understanding of the commercial aims, a complete grasp of the relevant patent law and a creative flair for seeing where opportunities lie.” It has several new arrivals in the IAM Patent 1000 this year, in the form of Nick Shipp, Jennifer Harris and Elizabeth Crooks. Shipp recently assumed leadership of the firm’s large tech group and coordinates its activities across London, Amsterdam and San Francisco, while also counselling innovators of all stripes in fields from consumer goods to aeronautics. Harris and Crooks both sit within the chemistry group: Harris is hailed as “technically knowledgeable and astute, and able to quickly formulate strong strategies and arguments”; while Crooks – who recently acted in a range of oppositions for Honeywell – “knows her chemistry as well as the inventors she works alongside, and is diligent and responsive. Her work is methodical and strategic, always conducted with a keen eye towards the client’s commercial and business interests”. They join an existing group of star professionals which includes life sciences experts Nick Bassil, Nick Lee, Tom Leonard and Kristina Cornish. Cancer immunotherapy, stem cell technology and cloning feature prominently in the practice of biotechnology ace Bassil, who is never less than meticulous in conducting IP due diligence and obtaining SPCs. Lee’s recent highlights include representing Immunocore in a major multi-party opposition hearing. With a niche in antibody technology, Leonard is “at the top of his game in terms of both technical ability and client service, providing fantastic strategic advice for almost any project”. Cornish chairs the life sciences and chemistry group and likewise garners high acclaim: “She is professional, efficient and comes up with imaginative solutions in challenging scenarios.” On the software side, Alexander Korenberg builds futureproofed patent strategies in cutting-edge areas such as AI, virtual and augmented reality, and cloud services. All manner of engineering briefs land on the desks of Jim Miller and managing partner Richard Howson, although both are especially adept when it comes to automotive technologies. Miller’s CV includes stints on the metalworking shop floor of an automotive transmission component supplier and at BAE Systems; while Howson currently dedicates time to marking the European Qualifying Examination for new patent attorneys. No discussion of Kilburn & Strode would be complete without a mention of chairperson and “rock star” Gwilym Roberts, who has become “the most famous patent attorney in Europe” thanks to his popular podcast, Two IPs in a Pod.