The Netherlands

Kilburn & Strode strengthens Dutch presence with new Eindhoven office

Patent and trademark firm Kilburn & Strode has further expanded its presence in the Netherlands by opening an office in Eindhoven. The firm, which also operates in London, Munich and San Francisco, now has four Dutch offices with six patent-specialist partners.

12 August 2022 by Amy Sandys

Kilburn & Strode has opened a fourth office in the Netherlands in Eindhoven, alongside its presence in Hilversum, The Hague and Rotterdam ©pinghung chen/EyeEm/ADOBE STOCK

After two years of strong growth, patent attorney firm Kilburn & Strode has opened a fourth office in the Netherlands. Alongside its offerings in Hilversum, Rotterdam and The Hague, the firm now has patent filing capacities in Eindhoven. It also has six patent partners across the country’s offices.

The city is especially well known as the home of electronics manufacturer Philips, which often appears in litigation at the Dutch courts. Its government is developing this industrial heritage, with the city becoming a central hub for technology in the Netherlands. As such, Kilburn & Strode is focusing its life sciences, technology and chemistry practices in the city.

Kilburn & Strode take steps

Over the past couple of years, the patent attorney firm has noticeably expanded. Its latest addition is Frodo Ferro, who in January joined Kilburn & Strode as the third patent partner in its office in Hilversum, near Amsterdam. Previously a managing director at mixed IP firm Hoffmann Eitle, Ferro brought experience in the technology and semiconductor sector.

However, Ferro now splits his time between Rotterdam and the new office in Eindhoven. The Hilversum office acts more as a base for the firm’s trademarks team.

Rike Dekker, Kilburn & Strode

Rike Dekker

Furthermore, in summer 2021, European patent attorney Rike Dekker joined the firm from AOMB, with a specialism in life science and chemistry advice. Dekker is heading up the new Eindhoven office.

European expansion

In July 2021, the firm also strengthened its tech group in London with the hire of Peter Gray. He joined from Mathys & Squire and is also poised to develop the firm’s ability to advise in the semiconductor sector.

Jo Bradley also joined as a new partner in the Kilburn & Strode life sciences and chemistry team in the UK.

On the Kilburn & Strode website, partner Rike Dekker says, “The Eindhoven office allows us to come together with colleagues located in the southeast region of the Netherlands and also shows our commitment to staying close to clients in the area.”

Speaking to JUVE Patent, Gwilym Roberts says, “It’s no secret that we have an ambitious strategy of growth in the Netherlands, building our increasing European reach. We’ve had multiple partner hires in the Netherlands recently and we now have six Netherlands-based partners across all technology and IP areas.”