After graduating with a Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in 2001, Tim spent five years working for Sharp Corporation, developing new business areas and technologies for the consumer-electronics market. He joined Dehns in 2006 to train as a patent attorney and is now a European and UK Chartered Patent Attorney, primarily working in the fields of computer systems, information systems, software, electronics and signal processing. Tim was made Partner in 2018.
Type of clients and client work
Tim acts for clients from individual inventors to multinationals, but has a particular interest in helping small and medium-sized technology companies develop and implement effective IP strategies. He works closely with several UK and Scandinavian start-up companies, not only drafting new patent applications but also providing strategic advice on building and exploiting an effective patent and IP portfolio, including advising on invention capture, freedom-to-operate, licensing and enforcement. Tim also works for universities, technology Transfer Offices and spin-outs to patent and protect their inventions. He is sensitive to the cost constraints faced by early-stage businesses.
Tim works principally in the fields of computer systems, software, electronics, physics, signal processing, advanced medical technology and mechanical engineering. With a strong background in mathematics and physics, he is especially well equipped to handle highly-mathematical inventions in areas such as cryptography, statistics, artificial intelligence, data analysis and signal processing. In addition to drafting new patent applications, he has considerable experience in seeing patent applications through to grant before patent offices around the world, as well as advising on questions of infringement and validity. He also handles patent oppositions at the European Patent Office, and has been involved in patent litigation in both the United Kingdom and the United States.
Qualifications and Memberships
MMath (Hons), Master of Mathematics, University of Oxford, 2001
Tim was mentioned in the 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of The Legal 500 as a “key lawyer”.
“Fitting yield curves with long term constraints”, Smith, A. & Wilson, T., Research Notes, Bacon and Woodrow, 2001.
“Specifications for Electronically Enabled Passports with Biometric Identification Capability”, International Civil Aviation Authority Document 9303, Part 1, Volume 2.
“The European Application Home Alliance (TEAHA) Architecture”, EC Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS), June 2006.