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Tim Ashton

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Technology and engineering.


Advises on all aspects of IP, being a patent and trade mark attorney. Tim’s focus tends to be on freedom to operate advice for clients in the household products sector. Tim drafts a significant number of patent applications each year. Whilst a relatively small proportion of his work is European prosecution, he still handles a signficant volume of oppositions and appeals, and is therefore experienced in proceedings before the EPO. He also deals with clearance searches for brands and the protection of product designs. His practice areas are: areospace and defense; mechanical engineering; automotive engineering; metallurgy and materials; medical devices; trade marks; designs (registered and unregistered) and copyright.


Joined Forresters, 2001; qualified as Chartered UK Patent Attorney 2006; qualified as a European Patent Attorney 2008; qualified as a Registered Trade Mark Attorney 2012; made partner at Forresters 2013.


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); RTMA; EPI.


St. Mary Redcliffe & Temple School, Bristol; The University of Birmingham (masters degree in Mechanical and Materials Engineering).



London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

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Forresters’s 12-partner team has been particularly active in handling opposition and appeal proceedings at the EPO. Recent highlights include successfully defending Nevro Group in oppositions against Medtronic and Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation, and representing Intertape Polymer Group in defending an opposition against a German competitor. Its impressive client roster also feature Huawei, Vax, Waters Technologies and Tarmac. Jenny Donald, Matt Barton and Jon Gowshall are names to note in the firm’s life sciences and chemistry group. Within its technology and engineering team, the ‘highly skilledAndy Harding is ‘always willing to go beyond the original scope of the project’, while Tim Ashton is ‘very knowledgeable and straight-talking’.

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