Tom Foster Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2013 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Tom Foster

Tom Foster is a London-based principal associate in Gowling WLG's intellectual property team. Tom specialises in patent litigation with expertise in telecommunications and pharmaceutical patents.

Tom's focus on telecommunications patents derives from his mathematical background, having graduated from Durham University with a maths-oriented degree in Natural Sciences. Tom has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law at Oxford University.

Tom is a member of the firm's Tech sector, working with lawyers from across the firm to provide a collaborative, practice-wide service to technology-led clients.

Tom is also an active member of Oxfam's "Lawyers Against Poverty" programme - mentoring lawyers from around the world on a monthly basis.


  • Acting as lead-associate in global 3G/4G patent litigation, including advising on patent infringement and invalidity claims, FRAND issues and jurisdictional issues.
  • Advising Fujifilm Kwoya Kirin Biologics (FKB) in its claim against Abbvie in relation to the blockbuster Humira (adalimumab) - one of the largest value patent disputes recently heard in the UK, which resulted in the UK's first "Arrow" or "Fujifilm" declaration.
  • Acting as lead-associate in the enforcement of a client's worldwide portfolio of digital subscriber line (DSL) standards essential patents.
  • Succesfully enforcing Adaptive Spectrum & Signal Alignment's (ASSIA's) patent rights against BT's Infinity DSL system in the UK High Court and Court of Appeal, including findings of infringement and validity and defeating BT's subsequent claim for a declaration of non-infringement by a further DSL system.
  • Tom was also a core associate advising a client who successfully sued Twentieth Century Fox for trademark infringement in the UK High Court in relation to Fox's international TV show "Glee".

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

    • Career
      July 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2017

    • Career
      July 2017
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
  • 2016

    • Career
      February 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), associate
  • 2013

    • Career
      October 2013
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Associate
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Education
      University of Oxford, Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law
  • 2011

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, trainee
  • 2010

    • Education
      College of Law, Legal Practice Course
  • 2009

    • Education
      College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Law
  • 2005

    • Education
      University of Durham, BSc (Hons), Natural Sciences