Alex Lockey

European Patent Attorney 
Chartered UK Patent Attorney
Physics, B.Sc. (Hons) Durham University
Physics, PhD Cranfield University

Alex Lockey graduated with a B.Sc. in physics from Durham University and a PhD from Cranfield University. At Cranfield, his project was funded by under a Total Technology award which linked the project with an industrial sponsor, the Rolls Royce Applied Science Laboratories. Alex worked on miniaturised laser Doppler systems, using high-frequency pulsed laser diodes and optical fibres, to overcome the problems associated with multi-dimensional velocity measurements in otherwise inaccessible gas flows.

Alex joined the patent profession in 1996, at the Birmingham office of a large firm.   He qualified as a European Patent attorney in 1999 and a Chartered Patent Attorney in 2001, becoming a partner in the firm in 2003. Alex became a consultant in 2012.

Alex has represented clients in a wide range of mechanical and software-related technical areas. His mechanical experience includes automotive and earthmoving vehicle inventions, which led to him nervously driving a prototype vehicle at one large manufacturer’s site, and experiencing a practical demonstration of anti-lock braking in a lorry on a skidpan (both successful). In the field of software and control systems, Alex has extensive experience from working for one of the largest applicants during a period of change and evolution in the law relating to software patents. This mix of experience was valuable when working with oilfield control and exploration inventions. More recently, Alex has worked on medical devices, including wound treatment systems, diagnostic and monitoring devices, and surgical devices.

Outside work, Alex enjoys learning German, collecting books and, when the weather permits, driving his Lotus Elise. Off road, Alex enjoys long distance walking and has completed a number of the major paths, most recently the West Highland Way. He recently spent a year at Bristol University writing a computer program to measure and quantify the effects of galaxy collisions, combining two of his other interests, and is slowly but steadily writing up the project. Professional affiliations include the Institute of Physics and the Royal Astronomical Society.

Selected publications.

Lockey R.A. and Tatam R.P., (1997), Multicomponent time-division-multiplexed optical fibre laser Doppler anemometry, IEE Proceedings-Optoelectronics, Vol 144, 168-175

James S.W., Lockey R.A., Egan D., Tatam, R.P., (1995), Fibre optic based reference beam laser Doppler velocimetry, Optics Communications, Vol 119, 460-464

Lockey R.A., Tatam R.P., (1995), Time-division-multiplexed laser Doppler anemometry using pulsed laser diodes and optical fibers, in Optical Techniques in Fluid, Thermal, and Combustion Flow, ed Cha S.S., Trolinger J.D., Proc. SPIE Vol 2546, 365-371