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Powell Gilbert LLP

Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical Sector (International & Cross-Border)

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What the team is known for

Located in London, the team is devoted to IP and is a popular destination for life sciences companies for specific IP and patent issues. The firm is recognised for its ability to coordinate with other jurisdictions, cooperating with firms across Europe and beyond to handle complex cross-border litigation matters.  The firm's exceptional patent litigation practice is a major draw for life sciences clients, acting on behalf of innovators in generics and major pharmaceutical clients in cross-border scenarios. The team advises on all facets of patent life-cycle management and is experienced in providing regulatory and patent advice on product launches and corporate acquisitions.

Strengths

"They are very efficient, they think strategically and they are able to seamlessly service their clients. They are coordinating counsel for us in proceedings we have in Europe. They are really excellent," a client enthuses.

Another client adds: "They have very strong international connections with firms abroad."

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Overview

Powell Gilbert LLP is a specialist IP law firm. The strength and depth of its life sciences expertise is second to none. Almost all of its lawyers have scientific backgrounds, including to PhD and Masters level in chemistry, biochemistry, immunology and molecular biology. Its team includes some of the leading patent litigators in the life sciences, having been involved in some of the most high-profile cases in the UK and across Europe. This has included representing clients in high-stakes patent cases before the UK courts, whilst also pursuing parallel EPO opposition proceedings and multi-jurisdictional litigation. We have successfully represented clients in cases before all levels of the UK Courts, including to the Supreme Court, and on referrals on the SPC Regulation to the European Court of Justice and the EFTA Court. It also advises on patent licence disputes and on freedom to operate, as well as offering regulatory advice.

Powell Gilbert's expertise spans across medical, agricultural and industrial applications, It has a wealth of experience in advising on pharmaceuticals, formulation technologies, enantiomers and crystalline forms; protein therapeutics; enzymes; monoclonal antibodies; vaccines; viral vectors; stem cells; genetically modified organisms; RNAi; gene-editing technologies, ELISA and nucleic acid-based diagnostics; medical devices; DNA microarrays and nanotechnology, for example.



Members

Ayrton, Simon

Butler, Zoe

Damerell, Peter

Gilbert, Penny

Hopewell, Bethan

Kusumakar, Siddharth

Laakkonen, Ari

Oliver, Tom

Powell, Tim

Whitfield, Tim

Clients

Actavis

Biogen

BioNTech

Coloplast A/S

Edwards Lifescience

Elekta

Forty Seven Inc.

Garmin

GlaxoSmithKline

Illumina Inc

Kymab

Napp Pharmaceuticals / Mundipharma

NuCana

Royalty Pharma

UCB Biopharma

Vivagro SARL

Industries

Agriculture / plants

Biotech

Chemicals

Medical devices

Pharma

Regenerative medicine

Life Sciences & Pharmaceutical Sector (International & Cross-Border) Department

Powell Gilbert LLP

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85 Fleet Street

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Greater London

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