Alex is a Chartered UK Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney. Before joining Dehns in 2010, he completed a doctorate in biophysical chemistry at the University of Oxford, where he was also awarded a first-class undergraduate degree in chemistry. He was made an Associate of the firm in 2016.
Type of clients and client work
Alex works for all types of clients, ranging from individual inventors through to SMEs, university technology transfer offices and large international and multinational corporations. His work spans every stage of the patent lifecycle, including providing patentability advice, drafting new applications, and coordinating the filing and prosecution of international patent portfolios covering the UK and Europe as well as other major jurisdictions, in particular the United States, Japan and China. He also provides freedom-to-operate and patent validity advice, handles Opposition and Appeal work at the European Patent Office, and files applications for Supplementary Protection Certificates for pharmaceutical products.
His patent work encompasses a wide range of chemical fields. Much of this relates to subject matter at the interface of chemistry and physics, such as inventions relating to photochemical techniques or semiconductor materials. However, he also handles a large number of cases in fields such as food science, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, polymers, catalysts and industrial processes.
Alex takes a close interest in the interaction between patent law and the wider political and legal context, in particular with regard to the development of a unified European patent system and the potential ramifications of Brexit for patent owners, and regularly provides advice on these topics.
Qualifications and Memberships
- UK Chartered Patent Attorney, 2015
- European Patent Attorney, 2015
- Certificate in IP Law, 2011
- IP Litigator
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
- Member of the European Patent Institute
- Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- Member of the American Chemical Society
- Associate Member of the Institute of Physics
MChem Chemistry (First-Class Honours), University of Oxford, 2006
DPhil Biophysical Chemistry, University of Oxford, 2011
Alex was awarded his doctorate for research into electron paramagnetic resonance phenomena associated with spin-selective photochemical reactions in flavoproteins, which built upon work carried out for a final-year research project during his undergraduate degree. During his doctoral studies he also spent time on secondment to the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.
In 2016 Alex was appointed to the editorial board of the “Encyclopedia of United Kingdom and European Patent Law”, which is updated biannually and which provides commentary on domestic and European case law as well as comprehensive summaries of practice and procedure relating to the prosecution and litigation of patents. He is the first-ever (and, so far, only) patent attorney to become an editor of the Encyclopedia during its 40‑year history.
He has also been named as a “rising star to watch” in the 2017 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s “IP Stars” rankings.
Alex has a good working knowledge of French and German, and he regularly contributes to discussions and debate on a number of IP-related topics, including the impact of Brexit on European IP. In 2017, Alex was invited to speak at the Georgia Bar Institute Annual Congress in the US on the UPC.
To read Alex’s articles on a wide range of technology and IP-related topics, please click here.
Alex is also active on Twitter, so feel free to follow him on: @Robinson_IP