Alan has wide experience of intellectual property litigation including the following notable cases that went to trial or appeal.
Patent: Catnic v Evans/Hill & Smith (prior use revocation, inquiry as to damages); Sundstrand v Safeflight (infringement); Bourns v Raychem.
Trade mark/passing off: Mars v Nestle registrability of Have a Break slogan and shape of mint; HFC v Midland Bank (passing off on rebranding of Midland to HSBC).
Copyright: British Leyland v Armstrong (copyright in engineering drawings of exhaust systems); Lucasfilm v Ainsworth (Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet); Coward v Ikos (computer programs).
Trade secret/breach of confidence: Pilkington v PPG (design of float glass production bath; trade secret arbitration over more than 250 hearing days).
Alan has also been involved in numerous contract and other commercial cases, often where the dispute has involved technical subject matter.
Alan has substantial mediation experience and is an accredited mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).
Alan has negotiated and drafted many intellectual property and other commercial agreements and has been involved in intellectual property and commercial aspects of various major M&A and financial transactions.
Alan initially qualified as a solicitor in 1980, joining international law firm Clifford Chance in 1982 to specialise in intellectual property. He spent 22 years at Clifford Chance, 17 as a partner. In 2004 he transferred to the Bar, practising at Wilberforce Chambers for 7 years.
Alan joined J A Kemp in 2015 as a partner with responsibility for legal advisory and litigation work. He became a consultant in 2019.