In the Legal Media Group’s Life Sciences 2014 Firm Tables, Powell Gilbert is ‘Highly recommended’ for Intellectual Property and ‘recommended’ for Regulatory. Furthermore, Tim Powell, Penny Gilbert, Zoë Butler and Alex Wilson gain recognition as ‘UK Life Science Stars’ in the intellectual property category and Tim Powell gains an additional mention in the regulatory category.
Powell Gilbert is a multi-discipline law firm specializing in intellectual property work for clients in the life sciences. The firm is able to leverage the technical science backgrounds of many of its practicing attorneys in order to better advise clients concerning the unique patent challenges facing business that operate in industries including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, nanotechnology, vaccination, diagnostics and innovative therapy.
One client named firm partners Alex Wilson and Penny Gilbert as exemplars of the firm’s practice, describing the two as “technically sophisticated and able to coordinate cases across multiple jurisdictions, both domestic and foreign.” Wilson recently assisted the drug company Napp in a multijurisdictional patent defence against a generic company’s attempt to enter the market, while Gilbert acted as lead in a large case with broad industry ramifications that saw the firm represent Human Genome Science Inc./GlaxoSmithKline in the first patent case to reach the Supreme Court.
Zoë Butler represented BSN Medical Limited in a Pan-European matter that brought to the fore complex jurisdictional questions concerning UK court’s response to simultaneous claims in Germany and Swiss courts. Indicative of what one client called “advanced technical proficiency,” the team that Powell Gilbert put forward in this instance consisted of several legal experts each of whom holds a technical degree in a life sciences related field.