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Joel Coles



Joel has experience of contentious and non-contentious matters across a range of intellectual property rights.


Before becoming a solicitor, Joel completed a PhD in the Biochemistry department of the University of Cambridge. Joel's strong life sciences background has been of particular relevance for his recent work relating to pharmaceutical and healthcare technologies, including antibody technologies, genome sequencing, therapeutic microarrays, and wound dressings. Joel also has worked on a number of electronics and mechanical engineering patent cases. In addition to representing clients in litigation before the UK Patents Court, Joel has represented clients in European Patent Office opposition proceedings, and advises on patent litigation strategies, freedom to operate, and patent term extensions, including supplementary protection certificates.


Prior to joining Powell Gilbert in 2011, Joel trained at Slaughter and May.

Contact details

T +44 20 3040 8025
E joel.coles@powellgilbert.com



2011 Solicitor

2013 Attorney (California Bar)

2014 Solicitor Advocate



MBiochem, Oxford University
PhD (Biochemistry), Cambridge University
LLB, BPP Law School

Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Oxford University

Cases include
  • Actavis v Warner-Lambert (patent - pharmaceutical)
  • Regeneron v Kymab & Novo Nordisk (patent - production of modified immunoglobulins in transgenic mice)
  • Corma v Hegler (patents - manufacture of corrugated plastic piping)
  • Google v British Telecom (patents - IPTV)
  • Convatec v Smith & Nephew & others (patents and confidential information - wound dressings)
  • Rovi v Virgin Media & TiVo (patents - cable television)