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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.
Penny Gilbert; Simon Ayrton
‘The very experienced Penny Gilbert offers very sensible advice in multinational litigation.‘
Procter & Gamble
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.
‘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.‘
Powell Gilbert LLP > Firm Profile
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.
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