Services

Our services are centred around intellectual property that can be registered. We protect innovation, design, and branding across all sectors of industry, and at all stages in the supply chain.

For each IP right we offer services covering strategic advice, pre-registration searches, registrations and renewals, oppositions and dispute resolution. We handle work throughout the world, working with local colleagues in over 100 countries.

Sectors

Our attorneys specialise in one or more sectors of industry, which enables them to provide quality advice with a commercial focus.

Our patent specialists have detailed understanding of the background technology, which ensures that your patent applications are prepared with the correct scope, reducing the likelihood of challenges from third parties and objections from the patent office.

They also advise whether other forms of protection would be more appropriate. Our brand specialists work with brand managers for leading brands and their advice is commercially focussed making sure that you get the best value from your budget.

Alan Bates #


Partner - Cambridge Office

Alan Bates’s background is in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering and much of his current work involves aspects of materials science.

Alan joined Reddie & Grose in 2002 and became a partner in 2011. Alan handles work in a wide range of subject areas. He has been involved with inventions ranging from better wasp traps and more user-friendly monitoring devices, to smaller combinatorial chemistry substrates and more efficient electrochemical processes.

Alan’s background is in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. He has a doctorate for research relating to electron-beam welded pipelines and has completed periods of industrial experience with companies involved in metallic coatings and welding technology.

Much of Alan’s current work involves aspects of materials science, and he deals with clients involved in technologies such as metal extraction, medical equipment and implants, and semiconductor devices. Alan also handles work from wider engineering fields such as mechanical devices and radar technology, and has considerable experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications relating to electronic cigarettes.

Alan advises on all aspects of procuring patent rights, from initial meetings with inventors, through drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent applications, to managing international portfolios of patents and patent applications. He represents clients, where necessary, in oral proceedings before the European Patent Office.

Alan also advises on issues related to freedom to operate, validity of patent rights, patentability of inventions, and infringement of patent rights.

Alan handles registered designs in fields such as medical devices.

Contact

Call +44 (0)1223 360 350
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Qualifications

  • Chartered Patent Attorney (2007)
  • European Patent Attorney (2006)
  • PhD, “Development of microstructure in electron beam welded ferritic steels”, Cambridge University
  • MEng, Materials Engineering, University of Birmingham

Memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Institute of Trade Mark Agents (ITMA)
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