Tim

Whitfield

Partner

He has extraordinary attention to detail. As far as I can tell nothing escapes him and we have often been two steps ahead of our well-represented opponents. … he is incredibly calm and collected under intense pressures – there is no drama, just a steely resolve.” 

IAM Patent 1000

Tim

Whitfield

Partner

He has extraordinary attention to detail. As far as I can tell nothing escapes him and we have often been two steps ahead of our well-represented opponents. … he is incredibly calm and collected under intense pressures – there is no drama, just a steely resolve.” 

IAM Patent 1000

Profile

Tim advises and represents clients in contentious IP matters across a wide range of technologies, especially complex disputes requiring multinational co-ordination.  

Tim advises on contentious matters across all IP rights, with a strong focus on patent litigation and strategy. He represents clients in cases before the English Courts, as well as in proceedings before the European Patent Office. He has very extensive experience of advising clients on the co-ordination of international patent litigation strategy including in the consumer products, pharmaceutical, medical devices and electronics fields, and of managing multinational litigation campaigns. Tim also advises on related issues arising from international technology standards, patent pools and licensing, as well as pharmaceutical regulatory issues and SPCs.

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 technical subject matter, including consumer products embodying a wide range of technologies and the processes for their manufacture, pharmaceutical and biotechnology products and formulations, medical devices and associated consumables, telecommunications (both implementation patents and those declared essential to telecommunications standards), industrial processes and consumer electronics.

Tim also has experience of patent portfolio due diligence / FTO projects, contentious design right issues and trade mark infringement disputes. 

Tim regularly presents at conferences, workshops and international meetings on UK and European patent law and litigation strategy issues.

Tim joined Powell Gilbert as an associate when the firm was founded in 2007, and became a partner in 2012.

Key Cases

  • DSM v Algal Omega 3 / Mara Renewables (algal omega-3 oil production)
  • Otsuka v GW Pharma (royalty issues regarding cannabinoid epilepsy therapies)
  • Philip Morris v Nicoventures / BAT (heat-not-burn tobacco)
  • CommScope v SOLiD (digital distributed antenna systems) 
  • Napp v Dr Reddy’s & Sandoz (buprenorphine transdermal patches & subsequent cross undertaking damages inquiry)
  • Accord Healthcare v Research Corporation Technologies (anti-epileptics)
  • Varian v Elekta (MRI / radiotherapy devices)
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme v Royalty Pharma Collection Trust (DPP-IV inhibitors)
  • Unwired Planet v Huawei & Others (telecommunications)
  • Fresenius v Advanced Renal Technologies (dialysis fluids)
  • 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 (MPEG-2 / FRAND licensing)
  • Sandoz / ratiopharm v Napp (controlled release oxycodone formulations)
  • Aveva v LTS (nicotine transdermal patches) 
  • Tupperware v Lékué (silicone products)
Qualifications

2004 Solicitor (England & Wales)

2014 Solicitor Advocate (England & Wales)

2022 Solicitor (Ireland)

Education

MChem (Chemistry), Oxford University

Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University

Connections & Networks

Member of EPLAW, AIPPI, AIPLA and LSLA

Awards & Recognition

Juve Patent – Recommended Individual, Patent Litigation UK

Who’s Who Legal – Patents and Life Sciences

IAM Patent 1000 – UK Patent Litigation (Silver Tier)

Legal 500 Key Lawyer

Managing IP’s IP Stars – Notable Practitioner

Client Choice Awards 2017 – Intellectual Property: Patents, UK

Additional Facts
Favourite place

I have visited Copenhagen many times, and really love the city

Additional Facts
Interests

food & wine, motor racing, cricket

Additional Facts
If I wasn't a lawyer

I would like to have been a cricket commentator