Alex Gittins

Associate
Alex Gittins

Background 

Alex is a UK and European Patent Attorney. He graduated from Imperial College, London with an MSci degree in Physics, specialising in lasers, biophysics and optical communications. Alex joined Dehns in 2008, became an Associate in 2014 and handles a diverse range of work in the engineering, physical sciences and software fields.

 

Type of clients and client work 

Alex acts for a wide range of clients, including SMEs as well as start-ups, universities and large corporate entities.

Alex advises on all aspects of patent and design law including worldwide patent filing strategies, enforcement of patents in Europe, design registrations, IP licensing and issues of infringement and validity. Alex also regularly takes part in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office.

He provides expert legal advice and commercial input from the drafting stage through to, if necessary, opposition and appeal. Further training at Nottingham Law School has given Alex the depth of knowledge necessary to advise on all contentious matters, in particular if there is co-pending litigation in national European courts.

Alex has considerable experience in setting up worldwide patent prosecution strategies, and have advised many smaller clients, SMEs and start-ups in the best way to use their budgets effectively, to obtain useful protection whilst bearing in mind the financial difficulties involved.  He has great relationships with inventors and enjoys learning about their technology

Alex has also developed good relationships with patent attorneys and other lawyers around the world.

 

Expertise 

With a strong scientific background, having read physics at Imperial College, London, Alex handles a very diverse range of cases, from mass spectrometry through to blood analysis and consumer products. Other areas of expertise include: medical devices (hematology and cytometry), energy generation (biomass and gas turbines) refrigeration, and oil/gas exploration (geophysics, drilling, completion)

 

Qualifications and Memberships 

  • Litigation Skills Certificate, Nottingham Law School, 2015
  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2013
  • European Patent Attorney, 2012
  • Certificate in IP Law, Brunel University, 2009
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member of the European Patent Institute
  • Member of the Royal College of Science and Institute of Physics

 

Higher Education 

MSci Physics, Imperial College, London, 2008

 

Other 

Alex previously worked as a research scientist at QinetiQ Ltd in the military radar group, as part of a scholarship arrangement.