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 qualified as a UK and European Patent Attorney in 2018. He became an Associate of the firm in 2019.
Type of clients and client work
Alex primarily works with large multinational companies in a variety of fields including aerospace, healthcare, medical devices, 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.
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
- UK and European Patent Attorney, 2017
- Intellectual Property Law Post-Graduate Certificate, 2014 (Brunel University)
- Student Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
MEng (Hons) – 1st Class, Materials Science, Oxford University (Mansfield College), 2013
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.