Alan MacDougall

Partner at Mathys & Squire LLP
Ranked in United Kingdom: England
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“Mathys & Squire is dynamic and exceptional in its service. The team helps clients to adapt their strategies in line with business developments and proactively responds to changing external circumstances. Communication is clear and concise, even in relation to the most highly specialised and technical patent applications.” Much of its work takes place in a cross-border context, thanks to its extensive geographical footprint: a 10-office network across the United Kingdom and Europe is complemented by further outposts in China and Japan. Making their debuts in the IAM Patent 1000 for 2021 are electronics wizards Alan MacDougall and Paul Cozens. Cambridge office head MacDougall takes the lead in managing the firm’s Japanese business development; while Cozens is an intelligent builder of patent portfolios with an affinity for the cutting-edge fields of AI and cryptocurrency. “Paul has a winning combination of technical ability and commerciality, and is a pleasure to work with. He has dealt with some challenging projects and maintains a positive attitude even when faced with admittedly difficult tasks.” Other IAM Patent 1000 newcomers are Dani Kramer and Andrew John White – the former a prolific patent filer and smooth broker of technology-based agreements who is responsible for growing the firm’s Israeli practice; the latter a physicist who mentors start-ups in the medtech, software, telecommunications and automotive fields. “Dani practically unfolds his knowledge in simple terms, providing highly targeted and tactical advice, and painting a clear strategic map.” “Andrew shows great technical understanding, ensures that the core IP is well defined at an early stage, facilitates joint creative thinking and is always available for a productive discussion.” The final fresh face in the rankings is biotechnology and life sciences ace Anna Gregson, who is especially at home working with university technology transfer organisations: she is currently conducting patent searches for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in relation to small molecule therapeutics. Returning to the IAM Patent 1000 this year are Jane Clark, Martin MacLean, Craig Titmus and Christopher Hamer. Clark has been delighting high-technology concerns and universities alike for more than 30 years with the sage global strategy and lucrative IP-related agreements she masterminds.  MacLean exhibits a deft touch in managing the portfolios of both corporations and governmental organisations – especially in the biotechnology sphere – and has conducted more than 100 EPO opposition hearings, with a 90%-plus success rate. Titmus also excels in administrative proceedings and shares MacLean’s proficiency for working with players in the vaccine and therapeutic antibody fields; while chemistry boffin Hamer leads the firm’s efforts in China and is “a pragmatic and proactive professional who frames legal issues in a commercial context”. Recent successes include helping Acell Industries to patent its cutting-edge covid-19 related air filtration technology.

Alan MacDougall's Profile

Alan MacDougall is a UK and European patent attorney with nearly 30 years’ experience acting for clients of all sizes, including small and mid-sized enterprises and large multinational companies, advising them on their IP strategies and managing their IP portfolios. He has significant experience in electrical, electronic, acoustics, communications and computing technologies. Mr MacDougall is recommended in the latest edition of The Legal 500.

Mr MacDougall’s principal practice areas include strategic IP advice, portfolio management and patent drafting and prosecution. He also has expertise in both opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office. Mr MacDougall has detailed knowledge of networking and communications technologies, including specialist knowledge of mobile telecommunications standards, and advises on essentiality and licensing activity in this area. He also has extensive knowledge of robotics, control systems, navigation and routing systems, and sensing devices, such as inductive and capacitive sensors used in the automotive and computer fields. He advises extensively on software and business method-related inventions, particularly in the financial services sector.

Mr MacDougall has a first-class honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering, as well as a master’s degree in communications, digital signal processing and control from Strathclyde University.

Mr MacDougall is a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property and regularly attends the Asian Patent Attorneys Association meetings as an observer.

Firm Profile

The premier European IP firm, Mathys & Squire has unrivalled expertise in patents, trademarks, design protection and litigation. The firm is ranked across all prominent legal publications, in acknowledgement of our over 100 years of experience in the protection and commercialisation of IP rights, leading the field with insight, innovation and quality.

The firm has over 60 qualified attorneys based in offices across the United Kingdom (London, Birmingham, Brighton, Cambridge, Manchester, Oxford and York) and Europe (Luxembourg, Munich and Paris), as well as teams based in China and Japan. Mathys & Squire’s technical experts have a mix of scientific degrees covering chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, genetics, microbiology, plant sciences, electronics, telecommunications and engineering.

Most of the attorneys hold further degrees and many have PhDs. A number of our attorneys have worked in-house within IP departments of large international organisations and use this experience to enhance the firm’s ability to assist in the strategic, commercial and active management of IP portfolios.

Mathys & Squire works with its clients to maximise the value of their IP assets. The firm’s breadth of technical expertise and depth of professional experience are coupled with a determination to add real commercial value, which drives significant revenue growth through the effective use of clients’ intellectual property.

The firm has a broad spread of clients, ranging from start-ups to major UK and global corporations, many of whom are household names. Clients of the firm value its commitment to professional excellence and technical expertise.

Through its creative approach, the firm has a successful record of securing the grant of key patents and settling disputes. Client companies without in-house patent departments value the firm’s understanding of their business issues and the importance and commercial value of their intellectual property. Mathys & Squire enjoys excellent relationships with like-minded firms of associates from all over the world.

Mathys & Squire’s core areas of expertise are:

  • identifying intellectual property capable of protection by understanding the client’s technology and business objectives;
  • obtaining valuable patent, trademark and design registrations through skilful drafting and powerful advocacy before the world’s patent and trademark offices;
  • representing clients in disputes and contentious proceedings (especially those of the EPO), drawing wherever necessary upon the expertise of fellow professionals;
  • facilitating the commercial exploitation of a client’s intellectual property by way of sale, licence or joint venture; and
  • advising clients in relation to their IP strategy and management of their IP portfolios.

Mathys & Squire offers a full range of services across patents, trademarks, designs, litigation and related IP rights, both contentious and non-contentious, working across a spectrum of industries:

  • strategic management of global patent and trademark portfolios for major corporations;
  • advising start-ups in relation to the creation and ownership of IP rights and their commercial exploitation;
  • patent and trademark prosecution, including oppositions and appeals, for major corporations;
  • providing specialist European (EPO and the EU Intellectual Property Office) expertise to fellow professionals;
  • working alongside solicitors and counsel in the United Kingdom, bringing to bear the firm’s complementary skills and experience;
  • advising at CEO level on the role of IP rights in revenue generation and asset creation;
  • finding paths through third-party patent, trademark or other IP rights, including challenges to validity where appropriate;
  • valuation of intellectual assets to assist businesses with a potential sale or initial public offering;
  • resolving disputes through various forms of alternative dispute resolution to litigation, whether as the lead firm or as part of a team; and
  • bringing specialist IP skills to corporate finance, including due diligence and IP strategy.

Mathys & Squire believes that effective systems for protecting intellectual property are essential so that innovators can be properly rewarded. Clients become successful by recognising the opportunities and risks of intellectual property and following a well-thought-out IP strategy; the Mathys & Squire team becomes part of that success by developing excellence, instilling a culture of creativity and innovation and adding value for all our clients.

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