Keith Loven – Managing Director
BSc (Eng)(Hons) University of Birmingham in Chemical Engineering (1973)
Keith trained with firms in London and Nottingham and spent periods in industrial practice before setting up the firm in 1989. A Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney, he advises clients on IP strategy as well as prosecuting patent applications before the UK IPO and the European Patent Office, successfully conducting oral proceedings at the Hague and in Munich.
Thanks to his industrial experience and his Chemical Engineering degree (the course covered elements of mechanical and civil engineering as well as chemistry and chemical engineering), Keith is able to handle patents covering a wide range of technologies and this is helped by his interest in computers and techie things in general.
He is also a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.
Outside of work, Keith gets involved in DIY projects and enjoys walking and photography.
Dr Tim Fray – Patent Assistant
BSc (Hons) and MSc by Research, University of Leeds in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, DPhil at University of York
Tim first started as a research scientist in an international food company before taking on a role in IP management and assisting patent attorneys to implement IP strategy. He then began training as a patent attorney and joined LOVEN in 2013 with a view to completing his qualification as a UK and European patent attorney.
He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.
Outside of work, Tim has his own private pilot’s licence and helps build and renovate light aircraft. As Tim comes from a farming family, he is naturally our expert on agricultural matters. He judges innovative agricultural technology at the annual LAMMA Show at the East of England Show Ground, where agricultural machinery manufacturers show their new products every January.
Karen Wilson – Trademarks Assistant
LLB (Hons) University of Derby, European qualified Trade Mark & Design Attorney and UK part qualified; student member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.
Karen joined the firm in June 2016, having previously worked for two of the UK’S largest law firms. She gained an interest in the intellectual property field following her time studying law at University. Karen works in all areas of trade mark law, including advising on the availability and registrability of trade marks, filing and prosecuting trade marks in the UK Europe and overseas, dealing with third party trade mark disputes including oppositions, invalidity and revocation actions and drafting detailed settlement agreements. She is down-to-earth and tries to avoid legal jardon wherever possible, providing a clear definitive solution to each client’s individual needs rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach.
As a mother, Karen has learnt to wear many hats: nurturer, teacher, counsellor, mentor, chef, chauffeuse, house keeper, life coach, PA, chef, nurse, cheerleader, role model, tantrum dealer, washer woman and nutritionist to name but a few. Balancing these activities with her passion for trademark law means Karen is used to juggling demanding deadlines and an extensive workload. No job is too big or too small for this lady and she prides herself on a job well done. In Karen’s head she is Wonder Woman and if that is what gets her through the working day, who are we to argue? Karen appreciates that your passion is your business, and Karen’s passion is trademarks, which is just as well really!
Helen Jones – Patents Administrator
Qualified CIPA Administrator, Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
As a qualified Patents Administrator, Helen looks after all patent formalities and renewals. She liaises with the UKIPO & the European Patent Office, and works with our worldwide network of patent attorneys to file and maintain overseas patents. She monitors the different deadlines and formal requirements for each country, making sure that nothing is missed. Helen has been with the firm since 1998.
When not working, Helen’s time is taken up by her horses, as she competes most weekends. She also enjoys going on long walks with her fiancé and their dogs.
Sue Pattison – Trademarks Administrator
MA in Ancient History from University of St Andrews
Sue joined Loven in 2004 and passed the ITMA Trademarks Formalities exam the following year. She keeps an eye on all of the trademark and design administrative files, making sure clients are kept up-to-date with developments and know when their renewals are due.
Sue dislikes writing about herself so has listed the following factoids about herself. Guess which ones are true: she has worked for the company for 13 years; she is a qualified trademarks administrator and member of CITMA; she has made numerous para-chute jumps, and plans to jump from the London Shard one day; she is a black belt in taekwondo and uses the ethics learned along the way in her personal and professional life (not the punching through boards though); she enjoys walking and last year completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge in under 8 hours.