Kieran Killough

Patent Director

Kieran works with a diverse range of clients, including SMEs, large multinational companies, research bodies and universities.  Kieran’s expertise lies in the fields of physics and mechanical engineering, with specialist technical areas including medical devices, automotive, graphene, subsea engineering for oil/gas infrastructure, particle accelerators, detectors, spectroscophy and microscopy. 

Kieran holds a first class Master’s degree with honours in Physics from the University of Durham. In his final year at university Kieran specialised in the fabrication and characterisation of magnetic nanostructures.

Professionally, Kieran handles the drafting and prosecution of patent applications for domestic and non-UK clients. He always strives to understand his clients' commercial objectives so that he is able to proactively provide practical, commercially relevant advice on patent strategy, prosecution and enforcement.

In addition to drafting and prosecution work, Kieran has experience of handling contentious matters relating to patent and design infringement, and entitlement issues. Kieran has attended hearings before the European Patent Office's Examining Division, Opposition Division and Boards of Appeal, as well as the UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), acheiving positive outcomes for his clients in each forum. 

Having progressed quickly through the professional patent exams, Kieran is both a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney, and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Manchester. Additionally, Kieran won the Michael Jones Prize for nationally achieving the highest mark in one of the UK professional qualifying exams.

Kieran manages the Engineering team in HGF's Manchester office having previously worked at the Sheffield office for five years.

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