Meet the team

Ian WhileyIP Director


  • European Patent Attorney
  • Chartered Patent Attorney
  • PhD Astronomy
  • MSci Physics and Astronomy

Ian is a member of the firm’s Hi-tech team which has again been praised in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500. The team has previously been commended for its “strength in the telecoms and semiconductor sectors”.

Ian joined Swindell & Pearson in 2008 after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a first class MSci degree in Physics and Astronomy followed by a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the same university.

Ian works primarily in the field of electronics, telecommunications, software, aerospace and mechanical engineering but has experience in patents relating to a wide range of technology areas.

Ian has a great deal of experience in managing multi-national patent families including the prosecution of patent applications in key areas such as the US, Europe, China and Japan. Ian works with clients ranging from individuals and SMEs to large multinational companies advising them on how to manage their patent applications to obtain the best possible scope of protection for their inventions.

Outside of work Ian enjoys watching and playing most sports and playing the guitar. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and young family.

“A patent I find interesting is US1781541 which is for a refrigeration system. It is not the subject of the patent that I find particularly interesting, rather the inventor. This refrigeration system was patented by Albert Einstein”.


  • 2014 Legal 500: "Ian Whiley is recommended".


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