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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Powell Gilbert LLP

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

Other key lawyers:Tim Powell; Ari Laakkonen; Alex Wilson; Peter Damerell; Bethan Hopewell

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

Work highlights

  • Represented Actavis in a long running battle with Warner-Lambert regarding the blockbuster drug, Pregabalin.
  • Acting for Edwards Lifesciences in the UK element of an international patent dispute relating to percutaneous implantable heart valves.
  • Defending Garmin against patent infringement allegations brought by Norwegian company Navico regarding marine sonars.
  • Acted for Huawei Technologies in a dispute relating to standards essential telecoms patents with Unwired Planet.
  • Instructed by The Procter & Gamble Company on brand protection matters including multiple actions against various traders of counterfeit, parallel traded, and lookalike goods.
Leading individuals

Penny Gilbert - Powell Gilbert LLP

Tim Powell - Powell Gilbert LLP

Next Generation Partners

Bethan Hopewell - Powell Gilbert LLP

Peter Damerell - Powell Gilbert LLP

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Powell Gilbert LLP

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

Work highlights

  • Represented Actavis, a leading manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals, in its long-running battle with Warner-Lambert concerning the blockbuster drug pregabalin (marketed by Warner-Lambert as Lyrica).
  • Successfully represented Biogen in proceedings before the UK High Court against AbbVie relating to biosimilars of AbbVie’s blockbuster drug Humira™ (adalimumab), currently the biggest selling prescription drug worldwide.  The court granted the first 'Arrow' declaration and established the availability of such protection in circumstances where a patentee has multiple pending patent applications.
  • Acting for Edwards Lifesciences in patent litigation - leading the UK case in the international patent battle over implantable heart valve repair devices.
  • Defending Kymab, a UK biotech company spun out of the Sanger Centre in Cambridge, in a patent infringement action brought by Regeneron (a US biotechnology company and currently one of the largest worldwide). The case is listed to be heard by the Supreme Court in 2020. The team was also successful in the Court of Appeal agreeng that Kymab should be allowed to continue a number of clinically important collaborations, including its ongoing work with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Leading individuals

Dr Penny Gilbert - Powell Gilbert LLP

Tim Powell - Powell Gilbert LLP

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