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Alan Johnson is a partner in Bristows’ IP department (since 1990). On behalf of Bristows he has been following the proposals for the creation of what we now know as the Unitary Patent and UPC for over a decade.
He is also an active member of the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association, and has been heavily involved in its efforts to improve many aspects of the litigation system in particular, including lobbying for support for the UK’s participation in UPC.
In his capacity of Chair of the IP committee of Brussels-based American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (2001-2005) he was closely involved in lobbying on behalf of US industry in relation to the Commission’s first proposals for a Community Patent.
Subsequently, Alan was appointed as a member of the UK IPO’s European Patent Reform Consultation Group whose role is to comment on and guide the UK Government’s position in relation to the dossier. He continues to advise the IPO on an ad hoc basis, and was involved in the IPO’s consultation on the UPC Rules of Procedure in 2013, as well as representing IP Federation at the Trier consultation in November 2014.
In 2014 Alan devised the Bristows real-time mock UPC action. Running over 15 months to mid-2015, this was aimed at testing the UPC rules of procedure in near real-life conditions and giving Bristows’ patent litigation team unique experience of the new court system in advance of commencement of 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.
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