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Alex May

Special Counsel

Alex is an experienced intellectual property disputes lawyer who specialises in advising innovators on multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and related matters. He has successfully represented many pharmaceutical and biotech companies in disputes relating to their blockbuster antiviral medicines, chemotherapy agents and autoimmune disease treatments. Alex also conducts patent litigation in the telecoms, electronics and engineering fields, and advises on copyright, trade secret, industrial design and trade mark disputes.

Alex’s practice includes validity and infringement opinions, patenting and litigation strategy, patent oppositions, freedom-to-operate advice, patent term extensions, patent amendment and prosecution, coordinating overseas litigation and patent office proceedings, and drug life cycle management.

Alex is qualified as a lawyer in both Australia and the UK with substantial experience in each jurisdiction. He has also served as in-house IP counsel for a multinational organisation. Alex has a technical background in genetics, and before commencing his legal career, he spent two years performing molecular biology research.

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and WalesSolicitor of the Supreme Court of VictoriaSolicitor of the High Court of Australia


  • Advising the leading supplier of COVID-19 vaccines on a regulatory dispute under the Gene Technology Act.
  • Coordinating patent litigation concerning a cancer medicine around the world, including assisting in obtaining a cross-border preliminary injunction.*
  • Defending a challenge to the validity of a patent term extension relating to an antiviral medicine.*
  • Providing freedom-to-operate advice to a biopharma company regarding its development of two biosimilars and preparing evidence to revoke patents relevant to a third biosimilar. *
  • Conducting an opposition to the grant of an antibody-drug conjugate patent. *
  • Identifying and challenging patent applications relating to combinations of antiviral medicines in patent offices around the world. *
  • Acting in the appeal of an opposition to the grant of a patent claiming a transgenic mouse for producing antibodies. *
  • Representing the leading consumer electronics multinational in patent litigation brought by a non-practising entity concerning the client’s smartphones, tablets and laptop computers.
  • Acting for a smartphone and tablet manufacturer (HTC) in patent litigation against two competitors (Apple and Nokia). *
  • Representing a manufacturer of two-way radios (Hytera) in copyright and trade secret litigation arising out of its alleged misuse of a competitor (Motorola)’s source code. *
  • Acting for an electronic programme guide developer (Rovi) in patent litigation against a cable television provider (Virgin Media) concerning multi-source television. *
  • Representing a leading consumer goods designer (Dyson) in enforcing its patent claiming a hair care appliance against a competitor (SharkNinja).
  • Acting for the offshore drilling business of a shipping conglomerate (Maersk) in patent litigation against its largest competitor (Transocean). *
  • Managing the IP assets of two business units of an aerospace company (Collins Aerospace). *
  • Advising on the conduct and settlement of various industrial design, trade mark, confidential information, copyright and unfair competition disputes. *

* Denotes experience from previous firm

  • University of Nottingham, Bachelor of Science (Hons) (Human genetics)
  • BPP Law School, London, Postgraduate Diploma in Law; Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • University of Oxford, Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice


    University of Sydney, Postgraduate Diploma in Law (required subjects only)


  • World Intellectual Property Review Leaders, Patents, (2022, 2021),Trade Marks, (2022)
  • Managing Intellectual Property, Rising Star, 2022


  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand



+61 3 9274 5112
(Work, Melbourne)
+61 4 1237 9573
(Mobile, Melbourne)