Aled Richards-Jones

Associate

Aled works within the firm’s Dispute Resolution team. He joined the team after qualifying as a barrister at a leading specialist IP barristers’ chambers, and has experience of the full range of IP disputes with a particular focus on patents. His recent patent experience includes High Court disputes involving pharmaceuticals, endoscopy devices, Invisalign dental realignment technology, blood products and disposable medical wear. Aled has also provided validity and infringement advice relating to emulsion paints and animal reproduction technology.  He has experience of coordinating parallel patent litigation across Europe, Latin America and India.

Beyond patents, his experience includes a High Court trial concerning a trade mark licensing dispute and several copyright and trade mark disputes in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (including the Small Claims track).  He has given talks and delivered a podcast on the protection of trade secrets and confidential information, including in the context of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications and the implications of the recent Trade Secrets Directive.

Aled also undertakes advocacy for Carpmaels & Ransford’s clients in appropriate cases.  As an unled advocate, he has had success in obtaining strike-out/summary judgment in copyright cases in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and in interim applications in a patents dispute in the High Court.

Aled is committed to pro bono work, having previously travelled to Sierra Leone as part of a team of lawyers to deliver seminars on Sierra Leonean copyright, data protection and free speech laws to groups of lawyers, judges and journalists and to assist with the campaign to repeal Sierra Leone’s seditious and criminal libel laws. Closer to home, he has represented claimants in the Social Security Tribunal as a volunteer at the Free Representation Unit and is a regular judge at the Oxford International IP Moot.

Aled graduated from St John’s College, University of Oxford, with a first class degree in chemistry. His final year thesis used specialist electrochemical techniques to study the feasibility of using hydrogenase and oxidase enzymes as catalysts for a biological fuel cell. This work was presented at the 2011 SuperGen Bioenergy Conference as the sole undergraduate presentation. He then studied law at City University of London as a Lord Bowen, Lord Denning and Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn, and obtained an LLM with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania Law School as a Thouron Scholar. He was graded “Outstanding” on the Bar Professional Training Course and obtained a Distinction in the Oxford University Postgraduate Diploma in IP Law and Practice.

Outside of work, Aled enjoys hill walking, cosy pubs and following US politics.

Qualifications

  • MChem (University of Oxford)
  • LLM (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in IP Law and Practice (University of Oxford)
  • Barrister