“Amazingly talented patent litigator. Dedicated and hard working, with the best scientific aptitude of any IP litigator in the UK.”

Chambers & Partners

Penny Gilbert, Partner, has a strong background in life sciences and specializes in advising pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

 

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The Law Reviews Expert panel 2014

 

 

Top Ranked - Chambers UK 2017 - Leading IndividualTop Ranked - Chambers Global 2016 - Leading IndividualThe Legal 500 - UK - Leading Individual - 2015

 

 

Who's Who Legal: Penny Gilbert - 2011 Lawyer of the year - Life Sciences

 

Who's Who Legal: Penny Gilbert - 2012 Highly Regarded in The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers

 

 

iam 1000 - Recommended Individual 2015Women in Business Law Award 2012 - Winner

Penny’s strong scientific background has led to her specialisation in advising clients in the life sciences sector. She represents clients before the UK patent courts, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and has represented clients in referrals to the CJEU and EFTA Court.

 

She has a wealth of experience in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and has represented clients in European Patent Office opposition and appeal proceedings and in appeals from the UK IPO.

 

Penny also represents clients in patent licence disputes before the UK courts and in arbitration. She is a qualified mediator and a solicitor advocate. Penny also counsels on patent litigation strategy, including pharmaceutical lifecycle management, and is experienced in providing freedom to operate and due diligence advice.

 

Penny has been a partner at Powell Gilbert since 2007.

 

In 2011, Penny was Who’s Who Legal’s Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year. In 2012 and 2014 she received the Euromoney LMG Woman in Business Law (Patents) Award, in 2012 she was part of Legal Business TMT Team of the Year for which Powell Gilbert also received Managing IP’s UK Patents (Contentious) Award. In 2013 she was ranked one of the top 100 business lawyers in the UK in “Chambers 100”. In 2015, Penny was listed in the Super Lawyers top 100 in London and in the top 50 women Super Lawyers in London.

 

Penny is on the Editorial Board of BioScience Law Review, LSIPR, AIPPI, LSLA and IPLA. She frequently lectures on aspects of IP law affecting the life sciences sector. Penny is President of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW). She is a tutor on the Oxford University Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice course, teaching patent litigation.

 

Penny Gilbert is a much respected patent litigator with impeccable scientific credentials, who oversees multi-jurisdictional patent disputes for leading companies in the sector. "She is one of the best in the UK without a doubt," Penny Gilbert is universally regarded as being one of the finest patent litigators in the country... Sources say: "She has a very clear idea of what she's trying to achieve and how to achieve it," and rate her client management skills as "fantastic."
Chambers UK 2016

 

A number of sources cite her "impressive" handling of large, complex cases…

Chambers UK 2015

 

"a legend in her area" and "very good on every metric you can think of. Penny Gilbert is regarded by the life sciences market as a foremost litigator... described as "technically very strong" and a "very dedicated" practitioner who "never gives up."

Chambers and Partners 2014

 

"She provides innovative, learned advice in a clear manner, analysing complicated factual and legal situations." ..."a brilliant lawyer and scientist. She is highly skilled in finding the most defensible way to accomplish clients' goals." She is recognised as "strategic, dedicated, innovative and relentless".

The Chambers 100 2013

 

Penny Gilbert is an “esteemed” lawyer known for her “unrivalled expertise” in the bio pharmaceutical sector, where she draws on her strong scientific background. Also renowned for her abilities as a patent litigation strategist, she is a “real favourite” among clients.
Who's Who Legal, Patents 2015

 

Penny Gilbert, co-founder of the renowned London-based IP boutique Powell Gilbert, is “the best of the best”; she is armed with “unrivalled technical, strategic and intellectual fire power”, according to clients.

Legal Media Group Life Sciences 2015

 

“Penny Gilbert is universally regarded as being one of the finest patent litigators in the country.. sources say “she has a very clear idea of what she’s trying to achieve and how to achieve it”.

Who’s Who Legal, Life Sciences: Patent Litigation 2015

 

A number of sources cite her "impressive" handling of large, complex cases…

Chambers and Partners 2015

 

“at the fore of just about every important biotechnology patent case in Europe”.

IAM 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2014

 

“a legend in her area” and “very good on every metric you can think of.” Penny Gilbert is regarded by the life sciences market as a foremost litigator...described as “technically very strong” and a “very dedicated” practitioner who "never gives up."

Chambers and Partners 2014

 

“She provides innovative, learned advice in a clear manner, analysing complicated factual and legal situations.”…“a brilliant lawyer and scientist. She is highly skilled in finding the most defensible way to accomplish clients' goals.” She is recognised as “strategic, dedicated, innovative and relentless”.

The Chambers 100 2013

 

“There is none better than Penny Gilbert at planning, developing and implementing a strategy that will remain effective five years down the road.” She combines a technical background in biotechnology with a polished bedside manner to “make one feel totally comfortable when dealing with the toughest problems”.

IAM 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2012

 

Penny Gilbert is well known to the market as an outstanding patent litigator and is felt by clients to “apply her experience of both the law and technical scientific issues to great effect”. She is an expert in the biotech sector and is viewed as one of the most respected patent litigators in the market.

Chambers & Partners 2012

 

Contact details

T +44 20 3040 8020
E penny.gilbert@powellgilbert.com

 

Qualifications

1991 Solicitor
2004 Mediator
2005 Solicitor Advocate

 

Education

MA (Biochemistry), Oxford University;

DPhil (Molecular Biology), Oxford University
Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University

Cases include
  • Samsung Bioepis & Biogen v AbbVie (adalimumab)
  • Genentech v Wellcome (tPA)
  • Genentech v Eli Lilly (HGH)
  • Chiron v Murex & others (HCV)
  • Chiron v Evans Medical & others (pertussis antigens)
  • Quadrant v Roser (protein stabilisation)
  • Inhale v Quadrant (protein stabilisation)
  • Pharmacia v Merck (COX 2 inhibitors)
  • Oxford Gene Technology v Affymetrix (DNA microarrays)
  • Roche v Chiron (Fuzeon; Herceptin)
  • Eli Lilly v Human Genome Sciences (Neutrokine alpha)
  • Sandoz / ratiopharm v Napp (controlled release opioid)
  • Hospira v Amgen (protein pegylation)
  • Synageva v CHRF/Shire (orphan drug / ERT)
  • Eli Lilly v Biogen (monoclonal antibody use)
  • Eli Lilly v HGS (SPC)
  • Pharmaq v Intervet (SPC)
  • Regeneron v Kymab (antibodies / transgenic mice)
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai's SPC application (SPC)
  • GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals SA v UCB Pharma Limited (patents – vaccines)