UK & European Patent Attorney
MChem, MSc, DPhil, EPA, CPA
Alex handles a mixture of contentious and non-contentious work relating to subject matter in the chemical sciences, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals. His practice encompasses matters relating to patents, SPCs, and regulatory exclusivity. He takes a close interest in wider issues of law and policy affecting intellectual property, and is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of UK and European Patent Law.
Alex has substantial practice in contentious inter partes proceedings before the European Patent Office’s Opposition Division and Boards of Appeal, in both offensive and defensive matters. His experience includes defending commercially significant patents relating to authorised medicinal products against complex multi-party oppositions.
He also manages the prosecution of global patent portfolios relating to authorised medicinal products and drug candidates currently in advanced clinical trials. As such, his practice also extends to supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) and associated regulatory matters such as data exclusivity and orphan designations, as well as providing opinions on infringement, validity and freedom to operate matters in relation to pharmaceuticals and diagnostic methods.
Other areas of practice include due diligence work in relation to patent licensing agreements and IP provisions in employment contracts.
His work has a particular focus on small molecule pharmaceuticals, dosage regimens, dosage forms, biomarkers and diagnostic techniques. However, with an interdisciplinary academic background spanning chemistry, chemical physics and molecular biology he also has experience in handling subject matter as diverse as enzyme replacement therapies, protein production techniques, CRISPR-Cas technology, polymers, inorganic semiconductor materials, OLEDs, and dye-sensitised solar cells.
Alongside his client work, Alex is a member of the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of UK and European Patent Law, which is updated twice a year with the latest developments in patent and SPC case law and practice before the patent offices and courts.
Alex holds a first class MChem degree in chemistry and a DPhil in biophysical chemistry, both from the University of Oxford; an MSc with distinction in molecular biology from the University of London; and a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Brunel University London. He is currently studying for a diploma in patent litigation in Europe at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg.
Alex’s doctoral research focused on spectroscopic studies of quantum entanglement phenomena in photoreceptor proteins implicated in the perception of magnetic fields by animals. He also spent time carrying out research at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. More recently, his MSc included a dissertation based on comparative structural bioinformatics of cell invasion proteins from different species of the malaria parasite, using the AlphaFold AI to obtain insights into structural features.
Recent highlights have included:
Alex has also delivered presentations as part of the firm’s latest series of webinars, covering topics such as recent SPC case law, and EPO practice in connection with AI-related inventions in the life sciences.
Memberships & organisations
Alex is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and a member of the European Patent Institute (EPI). He is also a member of the Biochemical Society.
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