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Tim Whitfield, Partner, advises clients in contentious IP matters across a wide range of technologies, especially with disputes having an international element.

















Ranked In - Chambers UK 2017 - Leading IndividualThe Legal 500 UK - Recommended Lawyer 2015

Tim advises on contentious IP matters, with a strong focus on patent litigation. He represents clients in cases before the English Courts, as well as in proceedings before the European Patent Office. He has extensive experience of advising clients on the co-ordination of international patent litigation strategy. Tim also advises on related issues arising from international technology standards, patent pools and licensing.


Tim’s strong scientific background allows him readily to understand complex technical issues. He has advised on patents and litigation strategy relating to a diverse range of technologies, including pharmaceutical products and formulations, biotechnology, medical devices, industrial processes, consumer electronics and telecommunications.


Tim has also been involved in international arbitration proceedings relating to patent infringement, IP portfolio due diligence, anti-counterfeit work in the FMCG sector, and has experience of pharmaceutical regulatory matters. He spent 3 months seconded to the legal department of a major consumer goods company undertaking a range of IP work.


Tim joined Powell Gilbert as an associate when it was founded in March 2007 and became a partner in 2012.


Tim is a Solicitor Advocate and a member of AIPPI and LSLA.


Tim Whitfield is praised by sources for his handling of complex and often international patent disputes involving consumer electronics, FMCG and life sciences.
Chambers and Partners 2015


Tim Whitfield is a "very diligent" up-and-coming partner who has impressed clients with his advisory skills and responsiveness.

Chambers and Partners 2014


Tim Whitfield is "very bright and has tremendous drive".

Legal 500 2013

Contact details

T +44 20 3040 8031
E tim.whitfield@powellgilbert.com



2004 Solicitor

2014 Solicitor Advocate



MChem, Oxford University
Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University

Cases include
  • Baxter v Fresenius (medical devices)
  • Motorola Mobility v BT (digital TV)
  • Microsoft v Motorola Mobility (smartphones)
  • Corma v Hegler Plastik (extruded plastics)
  • Fresenius v CareFusion (medical devices)
  • Nuance v Vlingo (speech recognition)
  • Philips & others v Alba (electronics / licensing)
  • Sandoz / ratiopharm v Napp (controlled release opioid formulations)
  • Aveva v LTS (nicotine patches)
  • Tupperware v Lékué (silicone products)
  • Pfizer / Pharmacia v Schwarz Pharma (muscarinic antagonist)
  • Affymetrix v Multilyte (DNA microarrays )
  • Les Laboratoires Servier v Niche Generics & others (ACE inhibitor)