- European Patent Attorney
- Chartered UK Patent Attorney
- Msc Management Intellectual Property (University Of London, Distinction)
- Phd Astrophysics
- Bsc (Hons) Astrophysics (1st Class)
Dr. Alex Turnbull joined Murgitroyd in December 2022 as part of the acquisition of Turnbull Lynch Intellectual Property by Murgitroyd. Alex was a founder and Director at TLIP, where he focused on patent prosecution, strategic patent counseling, and IP due diligence in a wide range of technical fields, including computer software, optoelectronics, materials, bio-engineering, inkjet and 3D printing.
Alex studied a BSc (hons) in Astrophysics at the University of Hertfordshire which included the award of an Erasmus scholarship to study a year of Applied Physics at Dublin City University. Following his degree he was awarded a Ph.D in Astrophysics, where he investigated the evolution of elliptical shell galaxies using observational astronomy and N-body computer modelling. During his Ph.D, Alex spent many nights using optical instruments at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes at Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on La Palma in the Canary Islands. He was one of the first wave of astrophysicists using Sun Ultra parallel workstations to carry out complex N-body computer modelling as the team sought to recreate the observed galaxy morphology by colliding galaxies together in code. Fortran and NAG library routines being the software of choice.
As a patent attorney, Alex enjoys drafting original patent applications with passionate inventors and IP managers pushing for commercial context.
Alex has a particular interest in freedom to operate issues and has considerable experience in managing complex new product searches as well as providing both ad-hoc and full infringement and validity opinions together with advice on workarounds and strategies to minimise risk. Alex is familiar with briefing UK counsel and regularly appoints counsel to advise on contentious issues.
As part of a client’s major acquisition of a patent portfolio most recently in 2014 and of a company in 2013, Alex undertook due diligence analysis into company intellectual property assets and completed multi-jurisdictional assignment of patent rights. The total value of deals for which Alex has been involved in due-diligence activities is currently in excess of $200 million.
Alex is based in our Cambridge Office.
Core Expertise: Electronics, routers, display drivers, image processing, MEMs, plastic electronics, IP protocols, semiconductors, wireless technologies, organic and inorganic display and photovoltaic devices, piezoelectric actuators, protein mass spectroscopy, microarrays, medical devices, and magnetic drive systems, construction systems, flywheels, business methods, computer software implemented inventions, fishing tackle, actuators, payment systems.