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Alastair
Blake

Senior Patent Attorney

Aberdeen Office Glasgow Office Amsterdam Office The Hague Office

Telephone. +44(0) 141 229 5800
Email. [email protected]

Experience

Alastair has a broad technical, commercial and legal background, ensuring an appreciation of the bigger picture, whilst maintaining a keen eye for detail.

Prior to entering the patent profession, Alastair spent a decade in R&D in the UK and the Netherlands, in fields ranging from offshore engineering to domestic appliances - including literally "splitting hairs" at Philips (under a SEM microscope). Having worked for multinationals, start-ups and in-between, Alastair has a good appreciation of business and always strives to ensure IP strategy matches clients' commercial activities.

After a further decade working as a patent attorney, Alastair has developed a quick grasp of diverse engineering technologies and has particular experience of coordinating protection and enforcement in multiple territories, including Europe, North & South America and across Asia.

As well as utility patents, Alastair also has very useful experience and knowledge of registered designs ("design patents"). Design protection of the visual appearance of products can often complement functional patent protection; or provide an alternative deterrent or enforcement strategy - and is often underutilised by UK companies in particular.

Reflecting his affection for language in general, Alastair is unusually fluent in Dutch.

Specialisms

  • Automotive systems
  • Construction
  • Food and beverage packaging
  • Oil & gas
  • Orthopaedics
  • Renewable energy
  • Subsea technology
  • Testing, measurement and electronics
  • Water management and water treatment

Industries

  • Aerospace & defence icon Aerospace & defence
  • Automotive icon Automotive
  • Energy icon Energy
  • Medical devices icon Medical devices

Services

  • Designs & design rights
  • Due diligence
  • Patents
  • Portfolio management
  • Searching & competitor monitoring
  • Strategy

Qualifications

Patent Attorney

Chartered (UK)
European


MENG

Product Design Engineering from University of Glasgow & Glasgow School of Art, UK

OTHER

Ingenieur Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Hanzehogeschool in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Publications

Protecting Innovation for the Energy Transition: Beating the first-mover curse

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Conferences: 2020

November 2nd 2020

ICoTA Europe Webinar: AkerBP

Attended

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February 12th 2020

Subsea Expo 2020 - Aberdeen

Speaker

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Conferences: 1970

January 1st 1970

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CSR

Alastair has assisted in the training of countless trainee patent attorneys over the years; and has also mentored formalities officers through their training, drawing on his in-depth legal knowledge.

Over the years, Alastair has presented at numerous universities and conferences, often being commended on being clear and authoritative whilst also maintaining a welcome approachability.

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