Alistair Hamilton - Professional Background

European Patent Attorney
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
EUIPO Professional Representative

Born Glasgow, Scotland, 1964
Education BSc (Hons) Mechanical Engineering (1989)
University of Bath
Professional Qualifications Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys 1993
European Patent Attorney 1993
Professional Representative Before the EUIPO (European Trade Mark and Design Attorney) 1996
Special Technical Experience Information Technology Language Compilers
Virtual Machines
Mark-up language rendering engines
Speech synthesis and speech recognition
Semiconductor fabrication
Robot programming software
Electronic financial trading systems
e-Commerce systems
Petrographic analysis software
Electronic and electrical engineering Antenna technology including satellite receiving antennas and vehicle screen antennas
Powerline telecommunication systems
Heating and cooker controls
ATM protection systems
Digital television
Medical lasers
Mechanical and other technologies PPE for arborists, climbers and people working at height
Continuously-variable transmissions
Power takeoff systems and gearboxes
Packaging technology
Toys and games
Joint prostheses
Cooking equipment
Commercial vehicle bodies
Measurement and nanometre-scale metrology
My Practice Today Having trained and worked with two long-established UK patent firms, I started my own practice at the start of 1999. While working for my own clients, I act as a consultant to several prominent firms of patent attorneys in the UK and in Ireland.
My aim is to offer intellectual property services of the highest quality, at highly competitive pricing made possible by my very low overheads.
My Computing Experience Before starting university, I worked in computing. I developed control software for banking machinery in Z80 assembly language, and developed database and accounting applications in Pascal.
I undertook several commercial programming contracts for the University of Bath, including Unix/C systems programming and Windows programming for computer aided engineering. I also administered a Unix network for the University.
My degree project included developing a graphical interface for an engineering simulation package in C for the X window system.
More recently, I have programmed using Borland Delphi and in C, C++ and Python/Qt5 for cross-platform development.
Other Interests and Activities I am an artistic photographer and exhibit regularly. I also take part in Spring Fling Open Studios.
I am an amateur horologist, and an associate of the British Horological Institute specialising in 18th and 19th century domestic clocks.