Stephen Carter

Patent Attorney at K2 IP Limited

Stephen Carter is a European patent attorney and chartered UK patent attorney with more than 20 years’ experience. He works closely with his clients to help them develop and implement their IP strategies, including international strategies for his UK-based clients and European strategies for US-based clients. Mr Carter especially enjoys working with ambitious small and medium-sized enterprises, helping them to understand the role that intellectual property plays in supporting the success of their growing businesses. He has worked across a variety of technical fields and has particular experience in the medical device, automotive/transport, outdoor and sports equipment, and software sectors.

Mr Carter’s work covers the full patent lifecycle, from drafting patent specifications, to prosecuting applications at the EUIPO and UKIPO and management of international portfolios, as well as oppositions, appeals and advice in relation to disputes. His wider practice also encompasses IP due diligence and opinion work, as well as advice in relation to design protection strategies.

Following his studies at the University of Bath, where he gained a first-class honours degree and MPhil in mechanical engineering, in 1994 Mr Carter joined and trained with a well-regarded UK firm of patent attorneys. He qualified as a chartered patent attorney and European Patent Attorney in 1998. From 2000 to 2004 he worked for a large general practice law firm, gaining experience in supporting the IP aspects of corporate transactions and IP litigation. In 2004 Mr Carter re-joined his first firm as a partner, a position he held until joining K2 in 2018.

IAM says

Stephen Carter is “consistently excellent as an IP strategist” and an outstanding educator and mentor for emerging businesses. With expertise encompassing prosecution, portfolio management, disputes and transactions, he sees the big picture and provides highly sophisticated counsel.

Professional associations

  • CIPA
  • epi


  • IP management consultancy
  • Legal

Firm details

K2 IP Limited
1 London Bridge
London SE1 9BA
United Kingdom

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