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Philip Towler


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Patents - Engineering; Trade Marks


Head of Chemical, Partner



Philip is a UK and European Patent Attorney and a UK Registered Trade Mark Attorney.  He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he obtained an Honours Degree in Natural Sciences (Chemistry).  He joined the firm in 1988 and became a Partner in 1998.

Type of clients and client work

Philip acts for a variety of clients from start-ups and SMEs to multi-national corporates. As Head of the Chemistry team, he handles patent work in all areas of chemistry, including pharmaceuticals, polymers, chemical processing and manufacture, chemical engineering, pigments, electronic materials, food & beverages and surface coatings.  He also maintains a thriving trade mark practice with clients inter alia in the packaging, medical, chemical, automotive, building, financial and computing/software sectors.


He has substantial experience in representing clients in all kinds of contentious and non-contentious proceedings relating to both patents and trade marks at the UK IP Office, the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union IP Office (EUIPO).  In particular, he has acted for clients in many contested opposition and appeal proceedings at the EPO.


  • European Patent Attorney, 1993
  • UK Registered Patent Attorney, 1994
  • Registered UK Trade Mark Attorney, 1994
  • Professional Representative before EUIPO, 1995
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary College, University of London
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
  • European Community Trademark Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Basic Litigation Skills Course, 2017


MA, Natural Sciences (Chemistry), University of Oxford, 1988

His studies at Oxford included a year's research into laser-induced ultrafast electron spin resonance techniques.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Within: PATMA: Patent attorneys

Dehns is one of the most established firms in the market and stands out especially through its prolific patent filing practice, both at the UKIPO and at the EPO. The group is also very experienced in opposition and appeal work and counts a high number of major British, Scandinavian (especially Norwegian), and US corporations among its longstanding clients. Senior partner Alexander Piésold and biotechnology practice head Hanna Dzieglewska, both in London; head of chemical Philip Towler in Oxford; and engineering practice head John Tothill in Brighton are key practitioners. Brighton's Philip Jeffrey, Deborah Owen and Oxford-based senior associate Mark Bell are also recommended. Oxford's Tim Wilson made partner. The firm also has offices in Bristol, Manchester and Sandwich as well as an international office in Munich.

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