The Wildbore Team – Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys




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….”knowledgeable” and “practical”

trade mark specialists…… (Legal 500)

“Wildbore & Gibbons is a boutique firm that concentrates solely on the management and protection of trade mark portfolios.” (Legal 500)


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Stephen Kinsey


Stephen has been a qualified trade mark attorney since 1981 and joined Wildbore & Gibbons LLP in 1993.

Prior to joining Wildbore & Gibbons LLP, Stephen gained valuable industry experience with Turner & Newall and Thorn EMI. He moved into private practice in 1983.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (FCITMA). He has degrees in English (Oxford, 1977) and Law, including an LL.M in European Union Commercial Law (Leicester, 2001).

Stephen is a European Trade Mark Attorney and is currently an external examiner for the Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice at Nottingham Law School.  He recently served a 4 year term on the Harmonization Committee of the International Trademarks Association.

Stephen is an accredited Trade Mark & Design Litigator with a right of audience in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the right to conduct litigation in the High Court.


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Janella Barr


Janella is lead partner for a dedicated trade mark team that offers a full spectrum of advice on trade mark protection and portfolio management.  She and her team advise a diverse client base, supporting “in house” legal teams, as well as small enterprises and individuals.

Janella has developed specific expertise with regard to strategic trade mark portfolio and budget management – enabling clients to control their costs and budget as part of their planning process. She also has extensive knowledge of many jurisdictions across the world and can advise and support clients comprehensively on any of their geographical expansion plans – either to extend their brands into new market places or develop new brands for specific target markets.

Janella also plays a key management role here at Wildbore & Gibbons LLP, her internal management projects have included leading the firm to be one of the very first IP firms to have fully integrated “Cloud based” IT and communication systems.  Janella is a European Trade Mark Attorney and has served on the Council of the professional body now known as CITMA during which time she became particularly involved in the Information Committee of the Council.  She has also previously been an CITMA examiner and a student tutor.


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Sarah Talland


Sarah read law at Cambridge before joining the firm in 2011. She has a varied client base which includes sectors such as food and drink, cosmetics, and several heritage brands.  Sarah is experienced in all aspects of trade mark prosecution including clearance searches, devising worldwide filing programmes and handling any official or third party objections.  She is also involved in contentious matters and has a particular interest in non-traditional trade marks such as three-dimensional marks as well as litigation conducted through the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC).    Sarah is a member of CITMA and sits on two CITMA committee working groups.  Sarah has written several published articles on the implications of particular trade mark cases and regularly speaks about trade mark matters at business events and seminars.

Recent publications; “Whisky Slammer” Intellectual Property Magazine, March 2015

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Keeley Williams

Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Keeley is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney with 10 years of experience across various roles. She joined the firm in 2017 and works with a variety of clients advising on all aspects of trade mark management and prosecution as well as aiding settlement negotiations.

Keeley has experience of acting for a broad spectrum of clients ranging from large multi-national corporations to domestic start-ups and individuals. She has worked with clients across many sectors including fashion, food and drink, animation, aviation, software, finance and property.  Keeley has a particular interest in the relationship between fashion and IP and regularly writes articles on the implications of trade mark cases affecting the sector.

Prior to joining the firm, Keeley graduated from the University of Reading with an honours degree in Law and subsequently obtained a PGCert in Trade Mark Law and Practice at Queen Mary University of London and a PGCert in Trade Mark Practice at Nottingham Trent University.

Keeley is a member of CITMA and regularly volunteers at their monthly free advice clinics.


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Chris Baume

Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Chris is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, qualifying in 2016. He has 13 years of trade mark experience across various roles and joined the firm in August 2010.  He works with a broad range of clients and is involved in all aspects of trade mark prosecution including searching, filing strategies, handling official or third party objections and enforcement of trade mark rights through the UK and EU Intellectual Property Offices.

Chris has a 2:1 BSc in Audio and Recording Systems from De Montfort University, completed the Trade Mark Administrators Course in 2009 and the Post Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law in 2015.

Chris qualified as a chartered trade mark attorney in 2016 following the completion of the Post Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Practice at Nottingham Law School in the same year.

Chris is a member of CITMA.



Alistair Linsley

Chartered Trade Mark Attorney

Alistair has 13 years of experience of various roles working in Intellectual Property.

He has worked on a variety of projects for clients in varied business sectors on both the technical trade mark work as well as the additional research and client service that we offer to clients as part of our overall client service offering.

Alistair graduated from the University of Bristol with an honours degree in Chemistry in 2003.

He worked for nine years as renewals manager at a London firm of patent and trade mark attorneys responsible for the maintenance of a large portfolio of patents, trade marks and designs.  He began training as a patent and trade mark attorney in 2014 and worked on a wide range of patent and trade mark applications.

He obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Brunel University London in 2014 and the Post Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice from  Queen Mary, University of London in 2015.

Alistair completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Trade Mark Practice at Nottingham Law School in 2017.

Alistair joined the firm in 2017 and is a member of CITMA

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Marie Bolam

Renewals and Records Manager

Marie, who joined us in 1993, is our renewals and records manager. Marie is an integral part of the Wildbore Team as she oversees the maintenance of all the worldwide trade mark portfolios of our clients.  She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, having passed the CITMA Administrators Course.  Marie also manages our clients’ subscriptions to the trade mark watching service.

Marie is a CITMA Paralegal.




John Kennedy BSc F IDM

Client Services

John heads our client service team. He has particular expertise and experience in marketing and client service strategies in professional services firms having headed the marketing teams in 4 law firms over the last 18 years. John is a regular speaker on brand, marketing and IP strategy as well as on the commercial aspects of IP for businesses.  John’s expertise in branding enables our team to provide our clients with both a commercial and legal perspective on protecting and developing their brands.

John plays an active role in the B4 Business Network in Oxfordshire and the Business in Oxford conference at the Said Business School.  John is involved with Young Enterprise in Oxfordshire as a Board Member and former Chairman. He frequently presents seminars for the benefit of Young Enterprise companies and students. He is also supporting the development of 02i (“Opportunities to Inspire”) with talks, seminars and presentations to Oxfordshire schools as part of Careers Fest and Global Entrepreneurs Week. John is also a regular speaker and presenter at the Induction Days for new members of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. (CIPA) John focuses on IP as a key commercial and strategic element of business strategy.

John is a speaker at a number of business conferences  including Cloud Expo Europe, The Cloud Industry Forum, Knowledge Exchange and the Legal IT Business Show. He has also been chair and a keynote speaker at the Business In Oxford conferences since 2014 at the Said Business School in Oxford and is Chairing and speaking at the 2018 conference. He has also been lead speaker at the GUBA African Business Conference in London 2013-2016. John was also a keynote speaker at the Holiday Park Innovation Show and Conference 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham.

John is also a Board member of the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation.

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (FIDM) and originally read Geography at Manchester University specialising in Behavioural Geography (BSc.) He also has a specialist interest in Knowledge Management having studied professional management at Oxford University.

Please feel free to contact John to discuss any of the services that we can offer to you and your business.


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