UK & European patent attorney
MChem, DPhil, EPA, CPA
Alex joined Mathys & Squire in 2018, having previously worked for another top-tier private practice firm. He handles subject matter in the chemical sciences, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals, and takes a close interest in wider issues of law and policy affecting intellectual property.
Alex is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to a wide range of chemical subject matter, including small molecule pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical/nutraceutical dosage forms. He has provided advice on infringement, validity and freedom-to-operate matters and has represented clients in both offensive and defensive opposition work at the EPO. In addition to representing clients before the EPO and UKIPO he is familiar with patent prosecution in other major jurisdictions including the United States, Japan and China.
Alex also has experience in other areas of interest to the pharmaceutical industry, including handling applications for Supplementary Protection Certificates and advising clients on topics such as the scope of the Bolar and research exemptions and the effects of exhaustion of rights in relation to clinical trials.
Alongside his client work, Alex is an editor of the loose-leaf Encyclopedia of UK and European Patent Law, which is updated twice per year with the latest developments in patent and SPC case law and practice before the patent offices and courts. He is also in demand as an author and speaker on issues relating to the Unified Patent Court and the effects of Brexit on intellectual property.
Alex studied at the University of Oxford, where he was awarded a first class degree in Chemistry and a DPhil in Biophysical Chemistry. His doctoral research focused on the role of quantum mechanical phenomena involving electron spin correlations in photoreceptor proteins thought to be involved in the perception of magnetic fields by migratory animals. During his DPhil he also spent time carrying out research at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He holds a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Brunel University London.
After qualifying as a UK and European patent attorney in 2015, Alex joined Mathys & Squire in 2018 from another top-tier UK firm, where he had been named as a ‘Rising star to watch’ in Managing IP’s IP Stars rankings and recommended in The Legal 500.
From 2015 to 2018, Alex was heavily involved in the successful defence before the EPO Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal of a patent portfolio for a major US chemical company relating to organic materials for light-emitting diodes.
Memberships & organisations
Alex is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a member of the European Patent Institute.
Life sciences & chemistry
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