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Alistair McKinnon

Alistair McKinnon
Liverpool / London
+44 151 236 6688 / +44 20 7405 4442
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A Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney and Design Attorney, Alistair’s practice involves engineering, materials science and physics-based technologies and he acts for a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from large multinational companies to SMEs and individuals. Alistair files and prosecutes patent applications worldwide for these clients, advises through infringement and validity opinions and freedom to operate opinions, and also advises on IP strategy and product clearances. Alistair also has wide experience in filing and prosecuting design applications in the UK and EU and coordinating prosecution of design applications in other territories worldwide.

Alistair’s technical areas of expertise include: e-cigarettes; telecommunications; software; semiconductor fabrication; Internet TV systems; high-energy physics applications (such as radiation detectors and ion implantation devices); fingerprint imaging; cryotherapy systems; polymer films, their use in security documents and devices for detecting the authenticity of such security documents; embedded RFID technologies; and general/mechanical engineering products such as supermarket shelving and doors for computer server cabinets.

He holds an MEng (Hons) degree in Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Oxford and he is a member of the International Technology Law Association and the UNION of European Practitioners in Intellectual Property.

Alistair is also a tutor on the JDD Consultants Intellectual Property Training course, providing tuition to trainee patent attorneys in relation to the UK patent drafting examination.


Alistair McKinnon is involved in the following publication:

Diversity and Inclusion - Senior Leaders' Pledge

Diversity and Inclusion - Senior Leaders' Pledge


WP Thompson is committed to advancing diversity and inclusion (D&I) internally and within the IP community.

We are part of IP Inclusive’s senior leaders’ think tank, which has recently launched a "Leaders' Pledge". Its aim is to help senior professionals provide visible and active leadership on improving diversity and inclusion in their organisations.

The new pledge has been signed by WP Thompson's partners Stuart Forrest, David Gill, Alistair McKinnon and Julian Potter.

The Leaders’ Pledge

The Leaders’ Pledge supplements the main IP Inclusive EDI Charter, and it is a commitment by individuals not organisations. The pledge is intended for signature by managing partners, chief executives and others in senior, decision-making roles, it includes a promise to work alongside more junior colleagues to effect positive change.
The Leaders’ Pledge consists of eight high-level commitments, shown below. Alongside each of these, a signatory commits to one or more practical steps they will take to fulfil their pledge. These steps can be tailored to suit the size, structure and resources of the individual business and how far it is already along its D&I journey. What matters most is that they are publicised, both internally and externally, to demonstrate that D&I will not be a box-ticking exercise, will not be consigned to silos within the organisation, but will be championed at the highest levels.

The commitments

1. Providing visible and proactive leadership to improve D&I in my organisation
2. Taking D&I seriously at the highest level
3. Embedding and valuing D&I throughout the organisational culture
4. Building trust and safe spaces throughout the organisation
5. Educating myself and my colleagues about D&I issues
6. Sharing my privileges
7. Insisting on equity
8. Working closely with HR and/or management colleagues to achieve this.