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Dr Penny Gilbert

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Powell Gilbert LLP

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Intellectual property.


Partner specialising in advising on IP rights including patent litigation, licence disputes and freedom-to-operate issues particularly in life sciences. Particularly experienced in advising on multi-jurisdictional patent litigation strategy. Has represented clients before UK High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, European Patent Office, UK Intellectual Property Office and on references to the CJEU and EFTA court.  Solicitor advocate and qualified mediator.


MRC research student 1982-85; Departmental demonstrator, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Oxford University 1985-86; technical assistant Bristows 1986-87; trained Bristows 1989-91; qualified 1991; partner Bristows 1998; founding partner Powell Gilbert LLP 2007.


Past president and advisory board member of European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW); AIPPI; LSLA; IPLA; LES; editorial board Bio-Science Law Review.


Colfox School, Bridport; Brasenose College, Oxford (MA Biochemistry; DPhil Molecular Biology); College of Law, London (CPE; LSF); Bristol University (Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice).

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

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Penny Gilbert - 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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Dr Penny Gilbert - 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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