Kerry Tomlinson



Kerry is a Chartered UK Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney with a first degree in Physics and a Masters in IP Law and Management. Kerry was for a number of years the firm’s managing partner, and head of the engineering patent group. He has a special interest in setting up administrative systems including computer-based systems. A former senior partner, Kerry is now employed as a consultant to the firm.



Kerry is a very experienced patent attorney with technical expertise across a wide range of computing, physics and engineering fields including electronics, computing and software, communications, vehicle technologies, medical electronics, elevators and aerospace technologies.

Despite having a physics degree, he considers himself “a natural engineer” with practical experience of many engineering sciences. Kerry was brought up in Farnborough and his first job was as a computer programmer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment.

Kerry has acted for several major US and Asian corporations including Honda, Medtronic, and the United Technologies group (Otis, Pratt & Whitney). He has filed and prosecuted several thousand patent applications and handled over 100 European oppositions and appeals.

Following his interest in and experience of advising on IP management over the years, in 2015 Kerry took a Masters at the senior European IP school, ceipi in Strasbourg, in IP Management. He is one of only half a dozen people in the UK to have this qualification.

Kerry has always been heavily involved in training. Over the years, four of his trainees have been awarded the prize (the Gill Prize) for top marks in the patent attorneys’ qualifying examination, and many of his trainees are now partners in Dehns or other firms. He now mentors candidates from other firms who are struggling with the infringement & validity paper in the Final Examination.


Higher Education

MA, Cambridge, Natural Sciences, final course Advanced Physics.Awarded Open Exhibition in Engineering.

MIPLM, Strasbourg 2015, Master of Intellectual Property Law and Management.This is an LLM with MBA content including economics, corporate structures and strategies, and focusing on IP strategy and valuation.

Contact details

St Bride’s House
10 Salisbury Square
United Kingdom

+44 (0)20 7632 7200 +44 (0)20 7353 8895