Firm Profile > Powell Gilbert LLP > London, England

Powell Gilbert LLP
85 FLEET STREET
LONDON
EC4Y 1AE
England

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 1

Indicative of the cutting-edge patent litigation handled at boutique firm Powell Gilbert LLP, Simon Ayrton, Zoë Butler and recently made-up partner Tom Oliver are currently leading a global dispute in the field of automated warehouse technology on behalf of FTSE 100 company Ocado Group. The team has considerable experience in the life sciences sector: practice head Penny Gilbert capably conducts pan-European litigation for biosimilar companies; Siddharth Kusumakar uniquely acts for both pharmaceutical innovators and generics companies; and Bethan Hopewell acts on significant disputes concerning medical devices. In other headline-grabbing litigation, Alex Wilson, Peter Damerell and Tim Whitfield lead a team defending Philip Morris International in a global patent infringement action against its smoke-free tobacco products. A number of team members field expertise in FRAND litigation, including Ayrton, Butler and Ari Laakkonen. Senior associate Tess Waldron also impresses in hi-tech patent litigation.

Practice head(s):

Penny Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Simon Ayrton; Zoë Butler; Tom Oliver; Siddharth Kusumakar; Bethan Hopewell; Alex Wilson; Peter Damerall; Tim Whitfield

Testimonials

The firm has exceptional breadth of experience and technical know-how – both legally and in the TMT sector. there are very few firms in the UK which have the breadth of experience and quality of personnel. Quite simply – you cannot go wrong instructing Powell Gilbert and they will work exceptionally hard and with considerable talent and expertise to secure the best outcome for their clients.

Simon Ayrton, Zoe Butler and Alex Wilson are exceptional in the TMT area and have acted for some of the largest players in this sector. Ari Laakkonen has a wealth of technical and industry experience.

Penny Gilbert and Tim Powell are amongst the very best patent litigators, particularly in life sciences. But, frankly, their strapline that everyone there is excellent is pretty much accurate.

Powell Gilbert are one of the leading firms in the telecoms IP litigation market. They are one of the very best specialist technical patent firms in this area but also have an exceptional broader commercial understanding of the field and are one of the very best firms for FRAND litigation.’

Simon Ayrton is an incredibly astute and considered litigator with a track record in the biggest cases.

Zoë Butler is a brilliant team leader and superb with clients.

Tim Whitfield, one of the younger, but already very experienced partners is very knowledgeable in all issues of patent litigation. Tom Oliver, one of the latest additions to the partnership is very client orientated and will find a good solution to any problem the clients might have.

Key clients

Philip Morris International

Ocado Group plc

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Kymab

Edwards Lifesciences

Illumina, Inc

GSK

Coloplast A/S

Xiaomi

Lenovo Technology

BioNTech

Biogen

HEVC Advance LLC

CommScope

Promptu

Royalty Pharma

AIM Sport Vision AG

Actavis

St Gobain

Oxford University Innovations

NuCana

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Powell Gilbert LLP is recommended for IP litigation and advisory work in the life sciences sector, with areas of work including patents, trade marks, design rights, copyright and confidential information. The team has extensive experience in developing multi-jurisdictional litigation and regulatory strategies. The practice stands out for its technical excellence, with experience in issues including small molecule drugs, monoclonal antibodies and biologics, agrochemicals, RNA and surgical robotics. Team lead Penny Gilbert regularly develops and coordinates European litigation strategy for pharmaceutical and biotech clients. Tim Powell is noted for patent litigation, with recent cases relating to medical devices, gene sequencing methods and pre-natal diagnostic testing.

Practice head(s):

Penny Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Tim Powell

Testimonials

‘The breadth of expertise and experience is unique, particularly when it comes to patent litigation. The team has huge technical expertise combined with substantial litigation experience in the patents court.’

‘They have a wealth of sector expertise, legal excellence at all levels and consistently go the extra mile for their clients. A real class act.’

Key clients

Kymab

Edwards Lifesciences

Illumina, Inc

GSK

Coloplast A/S

BioNTech

Biogen

Royalty Pharma

Actavis

St Gobain

Oxford University Innovations

NuCana

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Powell Gilbert LLP’s soft IP practice handles a wide variety of matters concerning counterfeit products, parallel trading and lookalike goods. Practice head Simon Ayrton represents high-profile FMCG clients including Procter & Gamble, as well as a range of furniture, retail and food and drink companies. Tom Oliver and Peter Damerell are noted for their 'in-depth knowledge of IP law and large experience in IP litigation'.

Practice head(s):

Simon Ayrton

Other key lawyers:

Tom Oliver; Peter Damerell

Testimonials

We regularly cooperate with the TMT team at Powell Gilbert, which has outstanding expertise in this field of IP. They know their business inside and out.

Powell Gilbert is a first-class law firm with an excellent IP department.

Tom Oliver and Peter Damerell have in-depth knowledge of IP law and a large experience in IP litigation. I would sure recommend both them individually and the entire law firm.

Key clients

The Procter & Gamble Company

Gillette Company LLC

Ocado

Vitra, Cassina and Fritz Hansen

Fratelli Campagnolo

SCUK IP Limited

Prada

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. Powell Gilbert is 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 a number are qualified mediators.

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.

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
Life sciences Dr Bethan Hopewell bethan.hopewell@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 Whitfield tim.whitfield@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 Peter Damerell peter.damerell@powellgilbert.com +44 (0)20 3040 8000
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Ayrton  photo Simon Ayrton Partner specialising in intellectual property litigation.  Work covers advising on full range…
 Zoë Butler  photo Zoë Butler Specialises in contentious intellectual property matters; practice covers full range of IP…
 Peter Damerell  photo Peter Damerell Partner specialising in contentious IP matters, with particular expertise in advising clients…
Dr Penny Gilbert  photo Dr Penny Gilbert Partner specialising in advising on IP rights including patent litigation, licence disputes…
Dr Bethan Hopewell  photo Dr Bethan Hopewell Partner specialising in contentious intellectual property matters; practice covers full range of…
Mr Siddharth Kusumakar  photo Mr Siddharth Kusumakar Partner specialising in intellectual property litigation, in particular multi-jurisdictional patent disputes with…
 Ari Laakkonen  photo Ari Laakkonen Specialises in electronics patent litigation and IT disputes, as well as advising…
Mr Tom Oliver  photo Mr Tom Oliver Specialises in intellectual property litigation.  Advising across the range of intellectual properties…
 Tim Powell  photo Tim Powell Partner and solicitor advocate specialising in intellectual property litigation and healthcare regulatory…
 Tim Whitfield  photo Tim Whitfield Partner advising on contentious IP matters, with a focus on patent litigation…
 Alex Wilson  photo Alex Wilson Partner specialised in intellectual property; extensive experience of multi-jurisdictional patent disputes in…
Number of UK partners : 11
Number of other UK fee-earners : 32
Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese)
English
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Diversity

Our people are our most significant strength and we firmly believe that fostering an inclusive work environment, with equal opportunity, is key to our ongoing success. We aim to maximise the potential of every member of the team, promoting mutual respect and ensuring that they are seen as an individual first and foremost. They are supported and empowered to achieve, regardless of gender, ethnic origin, nationality, marital or civil partner status, sexual orientation, religion or belief, age, disability or socio-economic background.

The gender ratio across the firm as a whole and our Associates is approximately equal.. The Partnership is also diverse, in terms of gender, sexual orientation and ethnicity. Our staff are invited to participate in a Diversity Survey on an anonymous and voluntary basis. The data, based only on those individuals who completed the survey, can be found here.

We are proud to support IP Inclusive, which is dedicated to improving diversity in the IP professions. We also support ChIPs, a non-profit organisation that advances and connects women in technology, law and policy, with partners and associates being members of the ChIPs London Chapter Committee.

This commitment to diversity and equality is central to our recruitment process: we recruit on merit.

CSR

The firm takes Corporate Social Responsibility seriously, working in partnership with Queens Park Community School and Careers Academies UK to provide mentoring to students aged 16 to 19 years. The firm provides pro bono legal advice to DEBRA (a national charity that supports individuals and families affected by Epidermoylsis Bullosa (EB)) and to DACs (the Design and Artists Copyright Society – a leading UK copyright and collecting society for artists and visual creators). We work with the society by providing pro bono legal services to artists caught up in copyright and licensing disputes.

Charities

Whether it’s dressing up, baking cakes, virtual raffle, quizzing or putting our running shoes on, we’re always keen to get involved and raise money for charity. This year the members of the firm have been supporting “Together for Short Lives” as its chosen charity.


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TESTIMONIAL: extensive advice in all IP-related matters – a wide cooperation network in Europe and worldwide – outstanding expertise – outstanding partner availability.


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TESTIMONIAL: The Powell Gilbert team have become our in-house IP litigation team. They are trusted advisors who accept the commercial realities of any situation and understand that risk mitigation and preparedness are of paramount importance to industry. They combine this with a wealth of legal knowledge, humour and availability! I could not do my job without them.


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TESTIMONIAL: Powell Gilbert LLP is noted for its top-class IP offering, where it handles high-value and complex litigation relating to patents.


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TESTIMONIAL: outstanding experience in the coordination and planning of complex international patent litigation.


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TESTIMONIAL: absolutely superb in every way


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TESTIMONIAL: Powell Gilbert LLP fields a ‘high-end team’: ‘superb’, ‘outstanding’ and ‘for patent work, there is no firm better’.


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TESTIMONIAL: Powell Gilbert is ahead simply because every single person there is excellent.