Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Intellectual Property Department

Midlands
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What the team is known for Standout IP practice, leading on complex commercial and contentious matters that have international implications. Acts for world-famous brands and innovators in a wide range of sectors, including consumer products, engineering, life sciences and technology. Considered a go-to firm for trade mark infringement and passing off cases. Fields a team with technical backgrounds in biochemistry, mathematics and microbiology.

Strengths A source says: "They are truly global, in all the key jurisdictions, and their Midlands offering is City-quality."

A client describes the team as "experienced and well coordinated."

Work highlights Acted for GlaxoSmithKline in the UK arm of an international patent dispute concerning technology for making very fine powders for inhaler products.

Notable practitioners


Kate Swaine
heads the team's designs and trade mark offering, and has particular experience in portfolio management and trade mark infringement disputes. She has fought numerous cases in defence of iconic brands and designs.
"A leader in high-end IP work who knows what the emerging issues are.""Kate's responses are always swift and helpful."


Patrick Duxbury
is considered a leader in the field of life sciences, and prior to practising law was a researcher in microbiology and genetics. He advises on research, collaboration and licence agreements of all kinds, some valued at billions of US dollars.

"A very sophisticated operator in non-contentious IP work. He is very bright and has good clients.""Patrick is very highly regarded for his transactional life sciences work."