Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Intellectual Property Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for

Hi-tech and pharmaceutical patent disputes offering with international reach. Comprehensive commercial and litigation support on copyright, design right and trade marks. Highly sought after for advice on UK and European IP portfolio management and protection. A leading destination for major IP-led transactions in life sciences.


A client says: "They understand our thought processes and strategies, and have built up a rapport and are good at keeping that going."

A source says: "I continue to be impressed with Gowling's London office – we have worked with the IP team for many years and have never been let down. The team fits with our culture of straightforward, plain-speaking advice and this instils client confidence."

Work highlight

Acted for Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics in patent litigation brought by AbbVie against the client's biosimilar for AbbVie's drug Humira.

Notable practitioners

Alexandra Brodie is recommended for commercial and contentious matters involving all core IP rights, with an emphasis on hi-tech and software. A client says: "She is an excellent legal brain and is a great partner to our business."

David Barron is a highly regarded patent litigator with a focus on hi-tech and telecoms. He is extremely knowledgeable on standard-essential patents.

Gordon Harris concentrates mainly on patent and designs litigation, and has profound experience leading matters concerned with life sciences, materials science and hi-tech. He also practises as a mediator in ADR proceedings.

Paul Inman is a patent litigator particularly active in disputes concerning biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. A client says: "I have worked with Paul several times over the years and I have always found that the working relationship is really good, both with us in the legal department and with the scientists."