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.

Strengths A source reports: "I was impressed. They follow developments in the law, providing well thought out advice on strategic matters and balancing complicated issues at national and international levels."

A client says the team is "very client-focused and adaptable."

A source says: "They have a very talented hi-tech team."

Work highlights Acted for GlaxoSmithKline in an international dispute brought by Vectura, which alleged GSK had infringed on its patents for making fine powders for inhaler products.

Notable practitioners

Alexandra Brodie has a largely technology and telecommunications industry-focused litigation practice which takes in trade mark, design and wireless standard patent enforcement. A client reports: "She's an absolute standout - her communications are excellent and she achieved a perfect result for us." Sources add: "She has a very good analytical mind and pays lots of attention to detail."

Gordon Harris is acknowledged for his deft handling of patent and designs litigation, and is also an experienced mediator. He maintains many of the firm's key client relationships in the technology, materials and life sciences industries.

Huw Evans is "tireless, extremely client-focused and able to think outside of the box," according to a client. He is a patent litigator with a flourishing client base in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Jonathan Ball is recommended for commercial, contentious and portfolio instructions involving all core rights, and is particularly astute on computer science.

Paul Inman is noted for his expertise in biotech, medical device and pharmaceuticals patent litigation, and his advice on global enforcement strategy. A client says: "He has a good grasp of the subject matter and works well with experts and witnesses."