Kate Lees MSc.


European Patent Attorney
Chartered UK Patent Attorney
Queen Mary & Westfield College, London. M.Sc. Management of Intellectual Property Law
University of Nottingham. B.Sc (Hons), Biochemistry & Biological Chemistry

Kate Lees has over eighteen years experience in the field of intellectual property law, specialising in chemical and biochemical inventions.  She obtained a B.Sc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry from The University of Nottingham, specialising in cell-to-cell or cell-to-extracellular matrix interactions.  She has experience in handling chemical, biochemical and mechanical subject matter, including inventions relating to pathogen detectors, protein labelling using nanoconjugates, vaccines, bispecific antibodies, anti-maturing agents for cells in culture, wound healing agents, prosthetics, orthoses and orthopaedic instruments, syringe drivers, dietary supplements, assisted living products, sterilization processes, whey treatment processes and oil recovery processes.

Kate commenced her career in intellectual property law by obtaining a Masters degree in the Management of Intellectual Property Law from QMW College, University of London.  She then joined a patent practice where she qualified as both a UK Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney, being awarded the Gill Prize for general excellence when passing her UK qualifying examinations in 1998.  The practice merged with a large UK intellectual property law firm and Kate was made a partner of the firm in 2001 where she remained for a further eleven years before leaving in 2012 to become a consultant.

Kate has represented individual inventors, small companies including university spin-offs, universities and large UK-based and international companies.  She has considerable experience in the filing and prosecution of patent applications worldwide, especially at the UKIPO and European Patent Office.  She has also prosecuted and defended oppositions and appeals at the EPO.  

The majority of Kate’s spare time is spent as a taxi-driver to her two children.  She also enjoys walking her dog, reading and attending her local Zumba classes.