Alex advises clients from a wide range of industries on strategies for exploiting and enforcing of intellectual property rights across Europe. He has an international practice acting particularly in matters of a multi-jurisdictional character.

He advises clients on Europe-wide IP enforcement and defensive strategies, appearing regularly before the English courts and the European Patent Office. 

Alex has experience of dispute resolution across the full range of IP rights. His scientific background has put him in a good position to handle highly technical and standards related patent cases. He has acted in matters relating to technologies as diverse as pharmaceuticals, semi-conductors, graphics processing, medical devices, biotechnology, explosives, oil and gas, paints and mobile phones.

Alex’s fluency in French and German allowed him to spend periods working in leading law firms in Paris and Düsseldorf. He regularly supports and attends proceedings before the German Courts and is a recognised foreign expert in the German system (Chambers Global). He has also practised as a solicitor in Australia and as an examiner at the European Patent Office for a number of years. 

Alex is a regular conference lecturer and author on intellectual property matters. He is co-editor of an upcoming international commentery on the Unified Patent Court and is actively involved in teaching legal and technical Judges for the Unified Patent Court. 

He has been a partner at Powell Gilbert since its founding in 2007.

Key cases

  • Ansell v Reckitt Benckiser (synthetic polyisoprene products)

  • ​Napp v Sandoz & Dr Reddy’s (buprenorphine transdermal patches)

  • Nicocigs v Fontem (electronic cigarettes)

  • Wobben Properties v Siemens & Others (wind turbines)

  • HTC v Gemalto (telecommunications)

  • HTC v Nokia (smartphones)

  • Fresenius v CareFusion (medical devices)

  • Eugen Seitz v KHS Corpoplast and Norgren (PET plastic technology)

  • HTC v Apple (smartphones)

  • Nichia v Seoul Semiconductor & Others (semiconductors)

  • Almirall v Boehringer Ingelheim (pharmaceuticals)

  • Nichia v Argos (semiconductors)

  • Sandoz/ratiopharm v Napp (controlled release oxycodone formulations)

  • Abbott v Evysio (coronary stents)

  • Coflexip v Subsea 7 (sub-sea pipelaying)

  • Passion for Life v Persee Medica (technology contract dispute - medical devices)

  • Banier v News Group Newspapers (copyright - photographs)