Kate Hilton-Balfe

Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The staff at Franks & Co were saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts are with His Majesty King Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family.

The United Kingdom is now officially in a period of mourning until after the Queen’s state funeral which is to be held on Monday 19 September. Normal day-to-day business will continue throughout this period.

The UK government has declared the day of the funeral to be a national Bank Holiday, so the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office will be closed on Monday 19 September.

The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office’s official guidance on bank holidays is given below:

The office is deemed to be closed on weekends, Good Friday, Christmas Day and all England and Wales bank holidays for all types of business, except for the filing of new applications not claiming priority. If documents are filed for these types of business at times when the office is deemed to be closed, they will receive an official filing date of the next working day.

Any official time period which expires on a weekend or any other day on which the office is closed is extended to the next working day.

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Patent and Trade Mark Representative

E: kate.hilton-balfe@franksco.com T:+44 (0)161 820 2891

  • BSc in Physics, Durham University

Kate joined Franks & Co (Mancunium) in 2020.

Kate graduated from Durham University with a Bachelor's degree in Physics. Kate's degree covered a wide range of technical topics such as classical and theoretical mechanics, relativity, quantum theory, condensed matter physics, statistical physics, electronics, programming, complex analysis and calculus of variations. Their final year project included using ultrasound to develop a depth measurement system, in collaboration with a local business.

Kate also completed language modules throughout their degree, including Spanish, Italian and Russian.

Kate is now furthering their understanding of UK, European and International patent law. They are gaining experience across a range of intellectual property matters, including patents, trade marks and designs.


  • Student member of CITMA (Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys)