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Alex Borthwick
Of Counsel



Alex has advised clients in contentious and non-contentious matters across the full range of IP rights. He has experience of patent litigation before the High Court and Court of Appeal relating to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, telecommunications and high-street consumer goods. He has also been involved in the coordination of multi-jurisdictional litigation, including preparation for and attendance at trials and hearings before the Oslo District Court, Oslo Borgarting Court of Appeal, City Court in Prague and Bucharest Tribunal in Romania. He has drafted patent infringement and validity opinions relating to pharmaceuticals, food technology and industrial processes.


Contentious work in the soft IP field has included acting for a claimant before the High Court and Court of Appeal in litigation concerning a novel point of design law, acting for parties in trade mark, copyright and passing off actions before the High Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and advising various clients involved in disputes over software, trade names and logos, confidential information, product packaging, fashion goods, perfumes, dental hygiene products and television advertisements. Alex has assisted in a breach of contract and copyright dispute before the London Court of International Arbitration and has advised in a number of contentious matters concerning parallel importation of goods.


Alex joined Powell Gilbert in March 2008.

Contact details

T +44 20 3040 8037
E alex.borthwick@powellgilbert.com



2006 Solicitor

2014 Solicitor Advocate



MChem, Oxford University
Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University



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Cases include
  • Sandoz Limited & ratiopharm GmbH v Napp Pharmaceutical Holdings Limited (patent - controlled release oxycodone)
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited & Another v Aventis Pharma SA (patent - docetaxel)
  • AstraZeneca AB & Another v Krka d.d Novo Mesto & Another (patent - esomeprazole)
  • British Sky Broadcasting Group plc & Others v Microsoft Corporation & Another (trade marks, passing off - cloud computing)
  • Imagination Technologies Limited v Creative Technology Limited & Another (trade marks, passing off - digital radio)
  • Dendron GmbH & Others v Regents of the University of California & Another (patent - medical devices)
  • Green Lane Products Limited v PMS International Group Limited & Others (Community registered design - laundry products)
  • Microsoft Corporation v ACT Teleconferencing Ltd (trade marks - software)
  • Esco Corporation v John Moore Ltd (Tractor Parts) Limited (patent, passing off - excavation equipment) 
  • HTC Corporation v Gemalto SA (patent -  telecommunications)
  • The Procter & Gamble Company & Another v Awan Marketing International Ltd & Another (trade marks, Community registered design, copyright, passing off, breach of contract -  perfumes)
  • The Procter & Gamble Company & Another v Per-Scent Limited (trade marks  - perfumes)