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J A Kemp

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Managing Partner: Andrew Webb
Number of partners: 42
Assistant attorneys: 43
Other fee-earners: 9

Biotechnology & Life Sciences:
Patrick Campbell, Simon Wright, Sarah Roques, Andrew Bentham
Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals: Celia Keen, Tim Duckworth, Ravi Srinivasan, Amanda Simons
Engineering & IT: Mike Nicholls, Nigel Price, John Leeming, Samuel Smith
Trade Marks & Designs: James Fish, Tom Albertini, Ben Mooneapillay
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Alan Bryson, Tom Carver, Andrew Webb

THE FIRM J A Kemp is one of the largest UK and European patent and trade mark attorney firms, with offices in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Paris and Munich.

The breadth and depth of the firm’s technical knowledge relevant to patents is outstanding, with over 70 science and technology graduates in the firm, including over 30 PhDs. No area of science or technology is outside the firm’s scope.

The senior professionals that lead the firm’s dedicated trade marks team are drawn from major international law firms. The team has the expertise and resources to handle any trade marks matter.

J A Kemp works for a huge variety of clients, from startups, spinouts and growing businesses through to some of the largest corporations and most prestigious academic institutions in the world. J A Kemp also has an international network of attorney firms who instruct the firm on behalf of their clients.

Biotechnology & Life Sciences:
Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals: 29%
Engineering & IT: 30%
Trade Marks & Designs: 9%

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK J A Kemp’s patent attorneys draft, file and prosecute patent and trade mark applications in the UK, throughout Europe and internationally. The firm has particular expertise in patent oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office (EPO).

J A Kemp’s patent attorneys add value to their clients’ businesses by advising on patent strategy, including crucial decisions such as where and when to file applications. They help clients to manage patent portfolios in individual countries, regionally and worldwide. J A Kemp advises on trade mark selection and strategy and files, defends and opposes trade mark applications in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. The firm obtains global protection for trade marks through international applications before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and by instructing filing and prosecution programmes worldwide. The firm also handles all aspects of design protection in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world.

J A Kemp conducts the full range of IP litigation for clients including: patent, design, copyright, trade mark, passing off and breach of confidence/trade secrets cases. The firm acts for clients in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), the High Court and, on appeal, in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

TECHNOLOGY & SECTORS SPECIALISMS J A Kemp has the knowledge and resources to handle large volumes of patent cases in all technologies. J A Kemp never has to turn work away because its attorneys lack the expertise to understand the science or because the firm does not have experience of the relevant industry sector and J A Kemp’s well-resourced teams of attorneys can manage multiple cases simultaneously for a single client, either in a specific technology area or crossing technological boundaries.

The technology and sector specialisms in which J A Kemp is known for its experience and in-depth knowledge include biotechnology and life sciences, antibodies and biologics, bioinformatics, chemistry, cleantech, diagnostics and personalised medicine, electronics and electrical technology, engineering, IT and software, manufacturing, materials and metallurgy, medical devices and technology, optics, pharmaceuticals, plant science and agriculture, polymers, regenerative medicine, semiconductors, vaccines and immunology. The teams that handle work in these specialist areas are drawn from the firm’s three patent client service groups: biotechnology and life sciences, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, and engineering and IT. These teams are complemented by the firm’s trade marks and designs group, which provides services to the firm’s patent clients as well as many other clients in sectors that are not technology-driven, as well as the firm’s legal group which provides litigation services and handles non-contentious work including registrable transactions, licensing and commercial agreements.