Ian Whiley

IP Director


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


  • 2020 Legal 500: Recommended Individual.
  • 2015 Legal 500: Recommended Individual.

Ian Whiley is an IP director in the firm’s tech and engineering Practice Groups. A European and chartered patent attorney, he has a great deal of experience in drafting and prosecuting patents across a wide range of technologies including aerospace, telecommunications and automotive for clients ranging from individuals to SMEs and multinational companies. Ian has drafted, prosecuted and advised on patents relating to communication networks, signalling procedures, electric and hybrid vehicles, jet engines, self-driving vehicles, modular buildings and a wide, diverse range of different computer implemented inventions such as user interfaces and image processing.

Ian enjoys working closely with his clients to understand the commercial objectives and considerations involved with a patent application to ensure that their patents are high quality, commercially relevant tools.

He has considerable experience in prosecuting patent applications in many key jurisdictions around the world including the US, China, Japan, South Korea and Europe. This includes managing prosecution of families of patent applications across many different jurisdictions, maintaining consistency across the family while addressing carefully the different and varied jurisdictional specific issues.

In particular, Ian has worked extensively in the prosecution of European patents, regularly discussing his clients’ patent applications with European examiners. Ian also has substantial experience in attending oral proceedings at the European Patent Office. During his time with Swindell and Pearson, Ian has been responsible for monitoring and reporting on changes in patent law in the UK, Europe, the US, China, Japan and South Korea.

Prior to training as a patent attorney, Ian graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first class MSci degree in physics and astronomy before undertaking a PhD in astronomy at the same university. As part of his studies, Ian travelled to countries including France, Spain, Germany, Hungary and the Canary Islands.

Outside of work Ian enjoys spending time with his young family and unusually large labrador, Sherlock. Ian enjoys watching most sports and regularly plays squash and football. Ian is currently learning to play the piano and dabbles in playing the guitar. Due to having two young boys, Ian also knows more about Pokémon than he would care to admit.