Dr Alan Jones

Partner - Patents

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering — Cardiff University
  • PhD Mechanical Engineering — Cardiff University
  • Chartered Patent Attorney/European Patent Attorney
  • Certified Patent Litigator
  • European Design Attorney
  • UK Legal 500 recommended lawyer 2022

Alan specialises in mechanical patents, particularly those relating to the automotive field. As a European Design Attorney and Certified Patent Litigator, Alan also advises on design and litigation matters and is qualified to represent clients in the Higher Courts.

Prior to joining UDL, Alan gained a PhD with a focus on the characterisation and fundamental studies of particulate matter from combustion processes, with particular emphasis on automotive emissions and the development of suitable diagnostics. This research was funded by a major UK automotive engineering consultancy firm.

Alan entered the profession in 2004 and became a partner in 2015.

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Articles by Dr Alan Jones



Battery electric vs hydrogen — which is the future for electric vehicles?

Two technologies have emerged as solutions for transport decarbonisation. Which is more viable?

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IP tips


How to protect the shape of a car — lessons from Jaguar Land Rover and INEOS

JLR failed to protect the shape of its iconic Defender — here's what went wrong.

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How intellectual property rights can protect automotive designs

Iconic designs live long in the memory — your innovation can be protected against copying.

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Case studies by Dr Alan Jones

Case Study

Genuine JayJays Ltd

Putting a muzzle on a copied product design

We found a low-cost way to prevent our clients’ competitor from copying its unique product design without permission.

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Escape Fitness

The advantage of combining design and patent protection

If you spot a competitor selling a product identical to your own and you have both design and patent protection, you can take immediate legal action.

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La Hacienda

Opposing a copycat product

What can you do when a competitor is selling (and has registered a design for) a product that copies one of your own?

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