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Powell Gilbert LLP
85 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4Y 1AE
England

Intellectual property Tier 1

The intellectual property team at Powell Gilbert LLP is recognised for its strength in patent litigation, but also has brand protection expertise and trade mark and copyright experience. The group's sector expertise encompasses the life sciences and biotechnology, telecoms and electronics, chemicals, engineering, energy, consumer goods and media and entertainment industries. In recent high-profile matters, the group defended Actavis against patent infringement allegations brought by Warner-Lambert relating to the use of Pregabalin, and represented Huawei in high-profile standard essential patents litigation including FRAND elements. The 'absolutely stand out' Penny Gilbert heads up the practice and focuses on patent litigation in the life sciences sector, while Simon Ayrton leads on trade mark and copyright matters. Name partner Tim Powell specialises in multi-jurisdictional litigation, particularly relating to patents; Ari Laakkonen has telecoms and technology sector expertise, and Alex Wilson handles strategies for exploiting and enforcing IP rights across Europe. Peter Damerell and Bethan Hopewell are also key names for IP litigation focusing on the technology and life sciences sectors respectively.

Practice head(s):

Penny Gilbert; Simon Ayrton

Testimonials

The very experienced Penny Gilbert offers very sensible advice in multinational litigation.

Key clients

Actavis

Edwards Lifesciences

Garmin

GSK

Illumina

Biogen

Napp/Mundipharma

Huawei

Procter & Gamble

Kymab

UCB

HEVC Advance

Royalty Pharma

Reckitt Benckiser

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 2

Powell Gilbert LLP is well known for its outstanding IP offering, especially patents, where it has been involved in many headline and highly complex cases, many of which have reached the Supreme Court. Dr Penny Gilbert is the well-known team head and 'shrewd tactician' Tim Powell is a seasoned IP litigator combined with broad advisory and regulatory experience. The team handles multi-jurisdictional litigation, advice on SPCs, licensing and collaborations. With  strong scientific backgrounds, Tim Whitfield, Dr Bethan Hopewell  and 'brilliantly clever' associate Joel Coles are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Penny Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Tim Powell; Tim Whitfield; Bethan Hopewell; Dr Joel Coles

Testimonials

They are a joy to work with, intensely intelligent and hard working. They are at the top table now for pharma patent cases – a force to be reckoned with.’

Tim Powell is a shrewd tactician. He is calm and authoritative. He has my full trust, and I can’t give much higher praise than that.’

Bethan Hopewell is an excellent addition to the PG partnership. She gets it – the balance required to execute on a complex strategy.’

Joel Coles is a rising star. Brilliantly clever and dogged in a fight.

Key clients

Actavis

Edwards Lifesciences

Garmin

GSK

Illumina

Biogen

Napp/Mundipharma

Kymab

UCB

Reckitt Benckiser

Royalty Pharma

Powell Gilbert LLP is a specialist IP law firm dedicated to serving clients across the full spectrum of knowledge-driven industries, from cutting-edge high technologies through to creative and brands-driven businesses. Created in 2007, the firm quickly established itself as one of the largest, most innovative and most highly regarded IP teams in the United Kingdom, with unrivalled patent litigation experience and a blue-chip brands practice.

The firm: Powell Gilbert’s lawyers include some of the leading practitioners in the field. The firm provides comprehensive expertise in litigation and strategic counselling work across all IP fields, including patent advice spanning all areas of technology, as well as insightful advice on all aspects of trade marks, copyright, design rights, passing off, confidential information and related areas. Its lawyers combine extensive legal experience with commercial insight and practical know-how to provide client-focused and cost-effective business solutions. Technical expertise at Powell Gilbert is second to none; almost all of its lawyers have technical backgrounds, many having PhDs in relevant scientific disciplines. Seven of the partners are solicitor advocates and one is a qualified mediator.

Types of work undertaken:  Powell Gilbert’s lawyers have experience across the full spectrum of patent litigation, gained from acting in cases across a wide range of technologies and industries. This experience ranges from acting in some of the leading biotechnology patent cases to involvement in smartphone wars and FRAND disputes.

The firm has appeared in many of the most technically complex and legally challenging cases in the UK Patents Courts, including in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords/Supreme Court. Powell Gilbert was involved in the first patent case in the Supreme Court and in references to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the EFTA court, on the supplementary protection certificate regulation. It also represents clients in smaller claims before the UK’s IP Enterprise Court.

The firm’s flourishing brands practice acts for some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses, and has a track record of devising and delivering creative solutions to meet clients’ commercial objectives, often without the need to serve legal proceedings.

The firm is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, particularly in relation to patent and technology licences. If litigation is unavoidable, the firm can offer solicitor advocacy services, as appropriate to the case.

A distinguishing feature of Powell Gilbert is the expertise and experience of its lawyers in co-ordinating complex cases and successfully guiding clients through multinational patent litigation. Its lawyers have assisted in cases before many overseas courts, including in continental Europe, Scandinavia, the United States (District Court and ITC proceedings), Australia, China, Korea and Japan. It also represents clients in European Patent Office (EPO) opposition proceedings and other registry proceedings.

With a wealth of experience of devising, and co-ordinating, pan-European litigation strategy, the firm is well placed to assist in all matters relating to European patent litigation, including involvement in the training of potential UPC judges and being part of the UK Intellectual Property Office’s advisory group on implementation of the UPC.

As one of Europe’s leading patent litigation firms, its deep expertise, broad procedural experience, technical strengths and the ability to communicate arguments clearly and concisely gives the firm a tactical advantage for representing clients in the UPC.

Languages: Cantonese, English, Finnish, French, German and Mandarin

Department Name Email Telephone
Intellectual property (general) Simon Ayrton simon.ayrton@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
Intellectual property (patents) Tim Powell tim.powell@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
Intellectual property (patents) Alex Wilson alex.wilson@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
Life sciences Dr Penny Gilbert penny.gilbert@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
IT/telecoms/electronics Ari Laakkonen ari.laakkonen@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
IT/telecoms/electronics Zoe Butler zoe.butler@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
Healthcare regulatory Tim Powell tim.powell@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
ADR Alex Wilson alex.wilson@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
Engineering Alex Wilson alex.wilson@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
Engineering Ari Laakkonen ari.laakkonen@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
Clean technology Alex Wilson alex.wilson@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Ayrton  photo Simon Ayrton
 Zoë Butler  photo Zoë Butler
 Peter Damerell  photo Peter Damerell
Dr Penny Gilbert  photo Dr Penny Gilbert
Dr Bethan Hopewell  photo Dr Bethan Hopewell
Mr Siddharth Kusumakar  photo Mr Siddharth Kusumakar
 Ari Laakkonen  photo Ari Laakkonen
 Tim Powell  photo Tim Powell
 Tim Whitfield  photo Tim Whitfield
 Alex Wilson  photo Alex Wilson
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of other UK fee-earners : 28
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