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About

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Powell Gilbert LLP is a specialist IP law firm with one of the largest, most innovative and highly regarded IP teams in the UK.  It has unrivalled patent litigation experience and a blue-chip brands practice.

The firm’s lawyers include some of the leading IP practitioners, with expertise across the range of IP rights. This includes patents spanning all technologies, from complex biotech to telecom/electronics and FRAND issues, as well as trade marks, copyright, design rights, passing off and confidential information. The technical expertise at Powell Gilbert is second to none. Almost all of the firm’s lawyers have scientific backgrounds, many having PhDs in relevant scientific disciplines.

The firm has appeared in many of the most technically complex and legally challenging patent cases in the UK courts and has represented clients in referrals on SPC law to the CJEU and EFTA Court. The firm also represents clients before the UK IP Enterprise Court and in proceedings before the UK IPO and the EPO.

The firm’s flourishing soft IP practice acts for some of the world’s most sophisticated, brand-driven businesses and has a track record of devising and delivering creative solutions to meet clients’ commercial objectives. The firm also has a strong practice in copyright and design rights, including representing some of the leading manufacturers of iconic furniture.

Chambers Review

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Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation - London (Firms)
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What the team is known for

Powell Gilbert is regarded as one of the best patent litigation practices in the world. The firm has a comprehensive IP practice which advises on the registrability, protection and commercialisation of all core rights. The team is regularly instructed to handle the most cutting-edge of life sciences and hi-tech disputes, and is recommended for trade mark, passing-off and copyright instructions.

Work Highlights

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  • Powell Gilbert represented Illumina in patent infringement actions in the field of DNA sequencing by synthesis technology against MGI and a number of other entities in the BGI Group.

Notable Practitioners

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Simon Ayrton
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Simon Ayrton
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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.

"Simon Aryton is an insightful lawyer."

Penny Gilbert
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Penny Gilbert
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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 an incredible breadth of knowledge of the law and technology, which with her facility for user-friendly strategic advice makes for a winning combination."

"Penny Gilbert is a star."

Tim Powell
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Tim Powell
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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.

"Tim Powell's vast experience means that his approach is spot-on. He is the person to have on the team when something unexpected happens."

Zoë Butler
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Zoë Butler
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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.

"Zoe Butler is a sensible litigator."

Bethan Hopewell
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Bethan Hopewell
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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.

"Bethan Hopewell is really sharp and knowledgeable. She works hard and it shows."

"Bethan is a really sensible and collaborative litigator."

Ari Laakkonen
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Ari Laakkonen
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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.

Alex Wilson
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Alex Wilson
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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.

Tim Whitfield
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Tim Whitfield
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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
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Simon Ayrton
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Simon Ayrton
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Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation

Penny Gilbert
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Penny Gilbert
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Tim Powell
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Tim Powell
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Zoë Butler
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Zoë Butler
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Band 2
Alex Wilson
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Alex Wilson
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Ari Laakkonen
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Ari Laakkonen
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Bethan Hopewell
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Bethan Hopewell
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Simon Ayrton
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Simon Ayrton
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Tim Whitfield
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Tim Whitfield
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Members

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Bethan Hopewell

Peter Damerell

Siddharth Kusumakar

Tim Whitfield

Tom Oliver

Clients

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Access Advance LLC

Actavis

BioNTech

Biogen

Cassina

Coloplast A/S

CommScope

Edwards Lifesciences

Elbit Systems

Elekta

Fritz Hansen

Garmin

GlaxoSmithKline

Huawei Technologies

Illumina Inc

Kymab

Napp Pharmaceuticals / Mundipharma

Nichia Corporation

Ocado Group plc

Philip Morris International

Prada

Procter & Gamble

Promptu Systems Corporation

Reckitt Benckiser

Research Corporation Technologies

Royalty Pharma

Saint-Gobain

Sony Corporation

UCB Biopharma

Vitra

Vivagro SARL

Xiaomi

Industries

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Biotech

Chemicals

Consumer & luxury goods

Energy & clean technology

Engineering

Food & beverages

Media & entertainment

Medical devices

Pharma

Telecoms & electronics