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Alan Johnson

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Alan has specialised in intellectual property matters, particularly patent litigation, for over 35 years. His practice covers a wide range of technologies from pharmaceuticals to telecoms, and he has represented clients in the High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (formerly Patents County Court) and UK IPO including as lead advocate (he holds the Solicitor Advocate qualification). He was Secretary of the IPEC Users' Committee (2001-19), and was closely involved in the 2009/2010 reforms of that Court. He is a leading commentator on the Unified Patent Court and chaired of AIPPI’s International UPC and unitary patent standing committee from 2014 to 2016.


Bristows 1981-2019 (Partner 1990).

Professional Memberships

AIPPI, IP Federation, CIPA.


Alan writes extensively on patent litigation and in particular the UPC. He also teaches English patent litigation at the University of Hagen, Germany.


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