Alan has advised on intellectual property rights throughout his career with Bristows of more than 35 years. Since 1999, he has closely followed the developments leading to what we now know as the unitary patent and Unified Patent Court. As a result of his expertise, Alan has advised the UK IPO in relation to UPC matters over the course of the past decade and held the position of Chair of AIPPI’s unitary patent/UPC standing committee from 2013–2016. Alan has also been secretary of the English Intellectual Property Enterprise Court’s users’ committee (since 2001).