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Tom Oliver
Senior Associate



Tom specialises in intellectual property litigation.  He has represented clients in the English courts and also has experience in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional patent matters with legal teams across Europe and North America.


He has advised in relation to patent disputes spanning a wide range of industry sectors and technologies. Recent High Court and Court of Appeal patent litigation includes computing and electronics cases concerning multi-touch smart phones, computer programming and mobile device management. With an academic background in biochemistry, Tom is well suited to handle complex life science disputes and has represented clients in a variety of cases concerning pharmaceuticals and medical devices.


Tom has also been involved in judicial review proceedings regarding the domestic implementation of a decision of the European Patent Office.


In addition to representing clients before the English courts, Tom has experience of European Patent Office and OHIM opposition proceedings, and has represented clients in mediations relating to contractual disputes.


Tom has advised clients across the range of intellectual properties rights, including trade mark oppositions and infringement proceedings, confidential information, copyright and passing off as well as assisting clients in relation to parallel trade strategies.


In addition to intellectual property disputes Tom has experience of commercial litigation in the construction and engineering sectors. He has also spent time in-house seconded to the legal team of a major airline.


Prior to joining Powell Gilbert, Tom trained and practiced as a solicitor at Taylor Wessing LLP.

Contact details

T +44 20 3040 8011
E tom.oliver@powellgilbert.com



2009 Solicitor



MSci (Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry)
Nottingham University

Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Oxford University



"So That's Settled Then? The patentability of second medical uses and dosage regimes" Bioscience Law Review

"Software Patents - Do the ends justify the means?" Intellectual Asset Management

Cases include
  • Good Technology v Airwatch (patent - mobile device management)
  • Wobben Properties v Siemens & others (patent - wind turbines)
  • HTC v Gemalto (patent - computer programming)
  • HTC v Apple (patent - smartphone)
  • LG Electronics v Sony (patent - electronics)
  • W.L. Gore & Associates v Geox (patent - footwear)
  • Abbott v Evysio (patent - coronary stents)
  • W.L. Gore &Assocaites v Perouse Laboratories (patent - medical devices)