Tim J. Humphrey
Following two years as a practicing engineer in Pasadena, and graduating from law school, Tim joined the San Francisco office of Hancock, Rothert & Bushoft (now Duane Morris) as a litigation associate. In 1994, he joined the IP boutique firm Owen, Wickersham & Erickson, where he became a partner in 1998. At the Owen firm, Tim managed the IP portfolios for a variety of clients, and represented companies like Sanrio, Inc., Williams-Sonoma, and The Wine Group in trademark, copyright and unfair competition litigation matters. In 2001, Tim assumed the role of Chief Trademark Counsel for The Clorox Company, the multinational manufacturer of a variety of consumer-packaged goods with annual sales exceeding $6.7 billion. Tim retired as Associate General Counsel/Chief IP Counsel at Clorox in February, 2020. His responsibilities at Clorox included management of Clorox’s worldwide trademark/copyright portfolio comprised of some of the most recognized brands in the world (Clorox, Burt’s Bees, Pine-Sol, Glad, Liquid-Plumr, Kingsford, Brita, Armor All, Hidden Valley, STP, and RenewLife). Tim also oversaw all IP aspects for major acquisitions/divestments of the company, including the $925 million acquisition of Burt’s Bees in 2007 and the $780 million sale of the Armor All and STP brands in 2010. Tim also managed several major trademark litigation enforcement matters while at the company including a high-profile trademark case before the International Trade Commission in 2013.
C.E. Brown Award for Academic Excellence