Powell Gilbert is recognised in the Legal 500:2014 for Intellectual Property, with Partners Tim Powell and Penny Gilbert being further recommended as ‘Leading individuals’ whilst Tim Powell, Alex Wilson, Ari Laakkonen, Simon Ayrton and Tim Whitfield all come recommended in this area.
Powell Gilbert is “a very strong niche firm with the capacity to run big cases effectively”. It recently achieved a non-infringement ruling on behalf of HTC against Gemalto regarding smart card technology patents, and achieved a dismissal of claims for engineering companies KHS and Norgen in a case brought by competitor Eugen Seitz. The practice also won a non-infringement decision for the defendant in Mölnlycke v BSN. Other clients include Vringo, HGS and Rovi. Penny Gilbert has a strong reputation for life sciences matters. Tim Powell is “exceptionally strong technically and strategically”; Alex Wilson is “a brilliant strategist”; Ari Laakkonen is “analytical and creative”; and Simon Ayrton has “very thorough legal understanding”. The up-and-coming Tim Whitfield is also recommended.