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Alan Johnson


Alan Johnson

+44 (0)20 7400 8249

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 Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (formerly the Patents County Court Users’ Committee), 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 industrial sector. 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.

Alan is Secretary of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Users' Committee (2001 to date); member and former Chair (2001-2005) of AmCham EU (the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union) and an associate member of CIPA. 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.

In 2014 he was appointed chair of AIPPI's unitary patent/UPC committee and chaired AIPPI’s sessions on this subject in October 2015 in Rio de Janeiro and in September 2016 in Milan. 

  • BA Law (Exhibition in Natural Sciences), University of Oxford
  • Solicitor-Advocate
  • Qualified 1983
  • Partner 1990
Recommended for
  • IP:Patent Litigation - Chambers and Partners (2019/2018)
  • Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom for Intellectual Property Law (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
  • Patent Litigation - Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2019/2018/2017/2016)
  • Patents, Litigation and Life Sciences, Patent LitigationWho’s Who Legal (2019/2018/2017/2016/2015)
  • Patent Litigation - IAM Patent 1000 (2018/2017/2016/2015)
  • WIPR Leaders (2018)

"Alan Johnson is a versatile patent litigator with experience handling disputes involving all manner of technologies, with a particular interest in chemistry. A client says: "He has consistently provided highly valuable expert advice on the newly proposed European Unitary Patent and UPC system."" - Chambers and Partners 2019

Alan Johnson is "incredibly clever, personable, creative and generous with his time and talent." IAM Patent 1000 2018

Alan Johnson is a "very sensible and hugely experienced" litigator noted for his handling of life sciences patent disputes. Clients appreciate his "very strategic and client service-oriented approach." Chambers and Partners 2018

"Johnson is a dab hand on technically thorny disputes across all industries and is also chair of the AIPPI’s Unitary Patent and UPC Committee."- IAM Patent 1000 2017

"Alan Johnson is 'a top-notch, no bluster-type lawyer'.” - Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars 2016

"'Fantastic litigator' Alan Johnson 'has taken a leading role in the analysis of the new unitary patent system and its rules'." - IAM Patent 1000 2016

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