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Alan Boyd

Associate, Patent Attorney / Southampton

Alan Boyd

Practice Areas

Patents - electronics, engineering & IT group


Alan's main areas of expertise are in computer architectures, wireless sensor networks, software, embedded systems, routing protocols, digital electronics, telecommunications and networks. An associate member of D Young & Co's electronics, engineering & IT team, Alan is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patents for a range of clients in the electronics sector.

Prior to entering the patent law profession, Alan worked as both a software engineer researcher and research assistant.

With a strong academic background in computer science, Alan has authored several papers on embedded systems in the field of wireless sensor networks and has presented his research at national and international conferences. Alan's PhD thesis focused on different routing protocols for extending the diversity of received data in a wireless sensor network for as long as possible.


BSc in Computer Science, University of Edinburgh.
PhD in Computer Science, University of St Andrews: “Node reliance: an approach to extending the lifetime of wireless sensor networks”.
Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary College, University of London.
Certificate in IP litigation.
Chartered Patent Attorney 2014.
European Patent Attorney 2014. 


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
European Patent Institute (epi). 

Selected Publications

Alan W. F. Boyd, Dharini Balasubramaniam and Alan Dearle. "A collaborative wireless sensor network routing scheme for reducing energy wastage". In IEEE International Conference on Communications Workshop on Energy Efficiency in Wireless Networks & Wireless Networks for Energy Efficiency, Cape Town, South Africa, 2010.
Alan W. F. Boyd, Dharini Balasubramaniam, Alan Dearle and Ron Morrison. "On the selection of connectivity-based metrics for wsns using a classification of application behaviour". In IEEE International Conference on Sensor Networks, Ubiquitous, and Trustworthy Computing, Newport Beach, California, USA (accepted for publication), 2010.
Alan W. F. Boyd, Dharini Balasubramaniam, Alan Dearle, and Ron Morrison. "An approach to extending the lifetime of wireless sensor networks". In The 9th Annual PostGraduate Symposium on The Convergence of Telecommunications, Networking and Broadcasting, pages 123–128, Liverpool, UK, 2008.


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