Patent powerhouse aims to grow with Cambridge
The head of a leading European patent and trademark firm is predicting significant growth for the business from a new springboard in Cambridge’s science and technology cluster.
Partner Andy Bentham, who will head up the new office for J A Kemp, believes the firm can achieve the same rate of expansion in Cambridge as it has achieved in Oxford.
J A Kemp opens an office in the burgeoning Station Road quarter of Cambridge in February and Bentham (pictured above) said: “We have seen a significant increase in patent activity from the UK in the last few years.
“Much of this stems from the entrepreneurial scientific communities in Oxford and Cambridge. In Cambridge growth is faster now than at any time in the 25 years since I first came here as an undergraduate.
“We are looking forward to joining the Cambridge cluster of hi-tech, biomedical, agri-tech and other innovators.
“With 150 people based in our main office in London and over 20 based in Oxford, opening an office in Cambridge too means we can offer services from all three points of the so-called ‘golden triangle’.”
Ranked in tier 1 by both The Legal 500 guide and Chambers and Partners, J A Kemp is one of the largest UK and European patent and trade mark attorney firms.
Its strong international presence is complemented by a UK practice that has nearly doubled in volume in the past four years and has long included significant work for several of the country’s leading university-based technology transfer organisations as well as a diverse range of significant clients in other sectors.
J A Kemp also advises startups and growing businesses across all industry sectors on patents, trade marks and IP strategy. Its patent capabilities embrace all technology areas across the spectrum of biotech and life sciences, chemistry and pharmaceuticals, electronics, engineering, IT and software.
The firm, whose HQ is in central London, already has an office in Oxford which has tripled in size over the last four years. The new Cambridge office will initially accommodate six attorneys and two support staff.