As a key member of the Telecommunications team, Alastair commits much of his time to drafting and prosecuting high-value patent applications, including applications considered to be essential to the LTE and 5G standards and beyond. He is often called upon to draft important patent applications in very short timescales. In addition to his expertise in the telecoms field Alastair has vast experience in handling patent cases and advising clients in the fields of software, computer architectures, semiconductors, fabrication technologies, digital circuits and digital motors. He is also a principal member of the Quantum Computing team, which has growing experience drafting patent applications for quantum and hybrid quantum-classical computing systems.
A period spent working in-house prior to joining HLK has provided Alastair with valuable knowledge and insights, enabling him to apply a commercial edge when advising clients.
Over the past few years, Alastair has also worked on UK, European and overseas patent cases relating to MEMS devices and audio and video processing systems, including 3D display systems. In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications, Alastair has also represented clients in person at numerous oral proceedings cases at the European Patent Office and has advised clients in freedom-to-operate projects.
Alastair joined the profession in 2002 after graduating from the University of Sheffield with a Master’s degree in Electronic Engineering and Computing, and joined HLK in 2017 as a UK and European patent attorney.
When Alastair isn’t working, he can usually be found in the rehearsal studio or performing with his band, or enthusiastically pursuing a new-found love of amateur astronomy.