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Tim Powell

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Powell Gilbert LLP

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Intellectual property.


Partner specialising in intellectual property litigation and healthcare regulatory advice; solicitor advocate. Particularly large scale patent actions with an international dimension. Acts for a wide range of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in disputed IP matters and has had conduct of major cases such as Yeda v Sanofi Aventis and ImClone, Actavis v Warner Lambert and Illumina v Ariosa. Also advises clients in industry sectors ranging from petrochemicals to electronics on disputed patent matters. Notable electronics cases include Nokia v Apple, Motorola v Microsoft and Vringo v ZTE. Has appeared as a solicitor advocate in the High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and CJEU.


Trained Bristows; qualified 1990; solicitor Bristows 1990-97; partner bristows 1997; founding partner Powell Gilbert LLP 2007.


Intellectual Property Advisory Committee Bioindustry Association; EPLAW; AIPPI; Solicitors’ Association of Higher Court Advocates.


Kings School, Gloucester; Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (MA Natural Sciences); Bristol University (Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice).


Sailing, skiing.

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Tim Powell - Powell Gilbert LLP

Within: Intellectual property

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.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

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Tim Powell - Powell Gilbert LLP

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

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.

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