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Alastair McCulloch


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  • Bristol University (Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice 1996); The College of Law, Guildford (Law Society Finals 1992); Jesus College, Cambridge University (M.A. in Natural Sciences and Law, 1987-1991)

Bar Admissions

  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and as a solicitor-advocate

Alastair McCulloch is one of the leading intellectual property litigators in the UK. Best known as a patent litigator, he has handled some of the most important patent litigations in the UK in recent years, acting for world-renowned companies. He also has extensive experience in trade secret disputes and arbitrations in agreements that have a strong IP component. Benefiting from a degree in natural sciences (chemistry, physics, and cell biology), he works in all technical fields, from pharmaceuticals and biotech through to high-technology.

Alastair's patent litigation is frequently multijurisdictional, and he often works closely with his Jones Day colleagues, bringing an integrated approach to UK litigation, EPO (European Patent Office) oppositions, and parallel national litigation. Alastair is experienced in litigating before the English courts (including the Patents Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court), the EPO, and in arbitration. He has acted in ICC, ad hoc, and UNCITRAL arbitrations on IP-related agreements.

Alastair is recommended in the Legal 500, Chambers, IAM Patent 1000, Expert Guides: Patents, and London Super Lawyers directories. According to clients he is "superb," "technically very able," and "a good tactician" (Legal 500); "displays enormous resourcefulness and imagination in his work" (Chambers); and is "an excellent patent litigator" (IAM250 World's Leading Patent Litigators). He is recognized as a Life Sciences Star in LMG Life Sciences Europe. Alastair is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and a member of AIPPI and AIPLA. He lectures frequently on patent and other IP matters.

Alastair McCulloch