Skip to content

Discover other firms ranked in Intellectual Property

2
Band 2
Hogan Lovells
2
Hogan Lovells
15 Years Ranked

View profile

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers
Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation - UK
1
Band 1
What the team is known for

One of the best patent litigation practices in the world. A comprehensive IP practice which advises on the registrability, protection and commercialisation of all core rights. Regularly instructed to handle the most cutting-edge of life sciences and hi-tech disputes. Recommended for trade mark, passing-off and copyright instructions.   

Strengths

A commentator says: "It doesn't get any better than Powell Gilbert. We respect them for their deep knowledge and handling of cases at the forefront of the market. They are top patent litigators."

Clients say this is "an excellent, well-oiled machine that works seamlessly."

One interviewee says: "Their strengths lie in their combined experience of intellectual property litigation and the strength of their legal and tactical analysis."

Work highlights

Acted for Ocado in patent infringement and validity proceedings against rival robotic warehousing operator AutoStore.       

Notable practitioners

Penny Gilbert is one of the most accomplished patent litigators in Europe, specialising in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. She has deep expertise across a magisterial sweep of technologies, not least vaccines, medical devices and antibody drugs.
"Penny Gilbert has superior legal intelligence and is a great thinker." "With an incomparable biopharma practice, she really speaks the same language as us and our client. She is the superstar of the team."

Tim Powell is hugely respected for his patent litigation and advocacy practice, which is focused on life sciences but takes in a wide range of technical disciplines. He has appeared before the highest levels of court, including the CJEU, the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.

Simon Ayrton undertakes a wide range of largely contentious IP work, focusing on trade marks, designs and copyrights. He is also able to handle FRAND patent licensing disputes.
"Thoughtful and gives timely and insightful advice." "Extremely knowledgeable, responsive and thorough in his review of the assignments." "Simon Ayrton is a master tactician and really strong intellectually."

Zoë Butler represents life sciences and technology companies in patent litigation and registry oppositions, often coordinating multi-jurisdictional disputes. Her experience includes patent infringement claims relating to medical devices as well as FRAND licensing disputes.
"Zoë Butler has a razor-sharp mind and is knowledgeable and adaptable." 

Bethan Hopewell draws on her background in molecular biology to expertly guide life sciences clients through high-stakes patent litigation battles. Her broad and impressive practice covers second medical use patents, diagnostics, small molecules and medical devices.

Ari Laakkonen is recommended for his expertise and experience with regard to telecommunications patent litigation, and is particularly noted for his command of the law concerning FRAND licensing. He has acted on behalf of clients before UK and European courts.
"Ari has strong industry knowledge." "He is a very thorough and formidable lawyer."

Alex Wilson is a seasoned litigator and registry practitioner handling disputes concerning all core rights. He is frequently instructed by leading innovators in the technology and life science sectors.
"A seasoned patent litigator, Alex Wilson is commercial and unflappable."

Tim Whitfield is an experienced patent litigator who handles disputes on behalf of pharmaceutical and technology companies. He has worked on many disputes spanning multiple jurisdictions.

Ranked Lawyers at
Powell Gilbert LLP

Provided by Chambers
Filter by
Band

UK

Intellectual Property

2
Simon Ayrton
2
Band 2
F
Alex Wilson
F
Foreign expert for Germany
Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation

1
Penny Gilbert
1
Band 1
1
Tim Powell
1
Band 1
2
Zoë Butler
2
Band 2
3
Alex Wilson
3
Band 3
3
Ari Laakkonen
3
Band 3
3
Bethan Hopewell
3
Band 3