Alex Gittins

partner

Background

Alex is a partner of the firm and handles a diverse range of work in the engineering, physical sciences and software fields, with a particular focus on aerospace and power systems engineering. He previously worked for a major engineering consultancy, and holds a degree in physics from Imperial College, London. Alex joined the firm in 2008.

 

Type of clients and client work

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.

A large proportion of Alex’s work relates to contentious proceedings at the European Patent Office (EPO), with many years of experience representing clients before the Opposition Divisions and Technical Boards of Appeal. Alex is part of a revered team at Dehns having an in-depth knowledge of the opposition and appeal procedure, and acts as lead advocate for roughly 10-20 opposition and appeal hearings each year. He has dealt with many of the more complex issues, such as where there is co-pending litigation, publication by public prior use, filing of expert opinion and evidence, to name a few.

Alex has great relationships with inventors and enjoys learning about their technology. A number of his clients are SMEs and start-ups, with whom he has worked to obtain useful protection whilst bearing in mind the financial challenges that are often involved.

 

Expertise

Alex has experience in a diverse range of technical fields, 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

  • IP Litigator
  • UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2013
  • European Patent Attorney, 2012
  • 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 was mentioned in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of The Legal 500 as a “key lawyer” of the firm.

Contact details

The Brinell Building
30 Station Street
Brighton
BN1 4RB
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1273 244 200 +44 (0)20 7353 8895

Departments

engineering, dispute resolution