• Office
  • 1 Amphora Place
  • Sheepen Road
  • Colchester
  • Essex
  • CO3 3WG
  • Tel: 01206 217300

Chris Burnett

Senior Associate, Patent Attorney

I provide clear and commercially relevant advice, focussing on the needs of my client. As Senior Associate, Patent Attorney at Birkett Long, I deal with mainly patent, but also trade mark and design, matters.

I have worked for every type of client, from sole inventors, through SMEs and to advising multinational corporations, both in the UK and abroad.

I have particular experience in prosecuting patents in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device sectors. I also have broad experience in protecting mechanical inventions, and registering trade marks and designs.

As a Patent Attorney, I get to use my technical background and apply it in a commercial setting. I love that every day is different, and has its challenges, due to the nature of dealing with inventions and other intellectual creations. It is very satisfying helping a client protect, and in some cases enforce, their creations.

Outside of work, I am involved with IP Inclusive, which is an initiative that seeks to improve diversity and inclusion within the Intellectual Property community. I am also particularly involved in a project called Careers In Ideas. This includes outreach to schools and universities to promote general understanding of IP and the many different careers available. I have, therefore, spoken at various schools in Essex.

In my spare time, I have two young children, who very much keep me on my toes. We enjoy everything from board games to bike rides together. I am also a keen (albeit slow) runner, and can often be seen at Chelmsford Parkrun on a Saturday morning.


  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • BSc in Biochemistry
  • MSc in Management of Intellectual Property

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What our clients say

  • Excellent knowledge of all aspects and friendly conversations to help IP strategy and direction before committing to a direction. Legal 500, 2023
  • The IP team at Birkett Long LLP is very well suited to help us with all of our Intellectual Property needs. They are able to give us advice on specific trade marks which we try and file, as well as help us with patent applications. Legal 500, 2023