Alistair Hindle

Alistair is a founding member and Director of Hindles, a firm which has grown under his care since it began in 2005. He has a Masters degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) and a PhD from the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge. During his PhD, Alistair was part of a team which won the pilot of the 'BBSRC New Entrepreneurs Award'. He began his career in intellectual property in 1998 after a period working as a research scientist for a Cambridge-based technology company. His broad technical interests are reflected in his patents portfolio which includes inventions in engineering, electronics, computer software, medical devices, materials and biotechnology.

Alistair has particular expertise in working with start-up companies and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the development and management of their intellectual property portfolios. He is familiar with the life cycle of such companies and has experience of being involved from the safeguarding of core technology to the development and management of a larger intellectual property portfolio. He has seen some of his SMEs through to acquisition by a multinational corporation. He has considerable experience in drafting patent applications, managing and advising on international filing programmes and prosecuting patent applications throughout the world.

Alistair frequently advises on freedom-to-operate and validity issues and on contentious matters. He has experience of successfully bringing entitlement proceedings before the UK Intellectual Property Office. Alistair is also experienced in dealing with due diligence requests, for example, from potential investors.

Alistair qualified as a patent attorney in 2002. In addition he qualified as a trade mark attorney in 2003 and his practice includes the handling of trade mark and designs portfolios.

"Alistair is the best patent attorney I've worked with during my engineering career. He is quick to understand the underlying technology and the patentability of our ideas. He has mastered the strategy of building supporting documentation and associated claim sets to create strong retrenchment positions."

MD of successful Edinburgh University Spin-Out Company

Alistair Hindle


Professional Qualifications

Chartered Patent Attorney
European Patent Attorney
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
European Trade Mark Attorney


University of Cambridge, Natural Sciences – Physics (MA)

University of Cambridge, Institute of Biotechnology (PhD)