Alan Johnson


Partner, Bristows


Alan has advised on intellectual property rights throughout his career with Bristows of more than 30 years. His experience extends across all industries and IP rights. He is a very experienced litigator, particularly in patent matters, having led numerous cases which have gone to trial in the Patents Court and Patents County Court, as well as copyright, passing off and confidential information cases.

Alan has advised many prestigious clients in technically complex disputes. He has a particular interest in chemical matters, and in the life sciences and sndustrial sectors. He has experience of all types of patent matters, from infringement and revocation matters, to entitlement and employee compensation. Many of his cases involve an international element, and he is experienced in dealing with the relationship between UK and EPO litigation.

Alan is a qualified solicitor-advocate with full rights of audience before all the UK's civil courts. He teaches English patent litigation at the University of Hagen, Germany, and is an author of Concise European Patent Law. Alan sits on the UK IPO's European Focus Group, which advises on government policy concerning the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court, and is a regular speaker and commentator on the UPC.

Lexis®PSL Intellectual Property/Information Technology

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University of Oxford: BA (Law) (exhibition in Natural Sciences)


Patent County Court Users' Committee (secretary)
AmChamEU (former chair)
CIPA (associate member)