Alex Ford

Technical Assistant
Alex Ford

Background

Alex joined the firm in 2013, shortly after graduating from Oxford University with a First Class MEng degree in Materials Science. His final year was spent in research, developing the synthesis of graphene for transparent conducting film applications. Alex is a Technical Assistant and handles a variety of patent work within physical sciences, engineering and materials.

 

Type of clients and client work 

Alex primarily works with large multinational companies in a variety of fields including aerospace, healthcare, packaging and oil and gas. He has experience liaising with inventors and drafting new patent applications, prosecuting applications in Europe and the UK, and instructing associate firms in other foreign jurisdictions.  Alex also plays an active role in Opposition and Appeal proceedings before the EPO, and has contributed to several commercially-focused advisory projects, such as freedom to operate and patent strategy opinions.

 

Expertise 

Alex has a wide variety of technical expertise, but his patent work is mainly focused on aerospace-related subject matter.  He also retains specialist knowledge within the field of materials science and graphene, and is often assigned applications involving such subject matter. The multi-disciplinary nature of materials science has given Alex a broad technical understanding, which allows him to contribute to cases across physical sciences and engineering.  Alex is particularly effective at managing large, agency case loads.  

 

Qualifications and Memberships 

  • Intellectual Property Law Post-Graduate Certificate, 2014 (Brunel University)
  • Student Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys

 

Higher Education 

MEng (Hons) – 1st Class, Materials Science, Oxford University (Mansfield College), 2013

 

Other

During his time at Oxford University, Alex interned as a Materials Engineer with Rolls-Royce, conducting research and development activities on superalloy components for use in the aero engine.