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Powell Gilbert LLP

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IP (General): Simon Ayrton
IP (Patents): Tim Powell
Life Sciences: Penny Gilbert
IT/Electronics: Zoë Butler, Ari Laakkonen
Regulatory: Tim Powell
ADR: Alex Wilson

THE FIRM Powell Gilbert LLP is a specialist IP law firm dedicated to serving clients across the full spectrum of knowledge-driven industries from cutting edge high technologies through to creative and brands-driven businesses. Created in 2007, the firm quickly established itself as one of the largest, most innovative and most highly regarded IP teams in the United Kingdom, with unrivalled patent litigation experience and a blue chip brands practice.

Powell Gilbert’s lawyers include some of the leading practitioners in the field. The firm provides comprehensive expertise in litigation and strategic counselling work across all IP fields, including patent advice spanning all areas of technology, as well as insightful advice on all aspects of trade marks, copyright, design rights, passing off, confidential information and related areas. Its lawyers combine extensive legal experience with commercial insight and practical know-how to provide client-focused and cost-effective business solutions. Technical expertise at Powell Gilbert is second to none; almost all of its lawyers have technical backgrounds, many having PhDs in relevant scientific disciplines. Most of the partners are solicitor advocates and one is a qualified mediator.

With a wealth of experience in devising, and coordinating, pan-European litigation strategy, the firm is well placed to assist in all matters relating to European patent litigation, including helping clients navigate the challenges and the opportunities provided by the forthcoming unified patent court system.

Powell Gilbert’s lawyers have experience across the full spectrum of patent litigation ranging from acting in the leading biotechnology patent cases to involvement in smartphone wars and FRAND disputes.

The firm has appeared in many of the most technically complex and legally challenging cases in the UK Patents Courts, including in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords/Supreme Court and in referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), and the EFTA Court on the supplementary protection certificate regulation. It also represents clients in smaller claims before the UK’s IP Enterprise Court.

The firm’s flourishing brands practice acts for some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses, and has a track record of devising and delivering creative solutions to meet clients’ commercial objectives.

The firm is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, particularly in relation to patent and technology licences. 

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