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Peter Damerell, Partner, specialises in IP Litigation, advising clients on complex disputes across a diverse range of technologies.



Peter advises on a wide range of contentious IP matters, including patent, trade mark, design right and copyright disputes. He has extensive experience in handling complex and high value patent litigation before the UK courts. His cases are commonly international in nature, and he often works with legal advisers from across Europe, North America and Japan, contributing to and often co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional patent litigation strategies.


Peter’s scientific background provides him with a firm understanding of technical issues. He is experienced in working with a diverse range of technologies, including pharmaceutical products and formulations, biotechnology, medical devices, telecommunications and engineering.


Peter has particular experience in providing freedom-to-operate advice to pharmaceutical companies in relation to patent matters and advising on SPC filing strategies, notably where such applications are contested. He is also experienced in advising telecommunications companies in relation to patent and FRAND issues, having been involved in a number of the leading UK cases in this sector. He also spent 6 months seconded to the legal department of a global IT company.


Peter joined Powell Gilbert as an associate in 2009 and became a partner in 2016. Peter is a member of AIPPI and LES.

Contact details

T +44 20 3040 8157
E peter.damerell@powellgilbert.com



2006 Solicitor



BA (Physiological Sciences), Oxford University
MSc (Physiology), Oxford University
Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University



PLC Life Sciences Global Guides 2015/2016: The Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent: latest development

PLC Life Sciences multi-jurisdictional guide 2013: EU patent analysis article

PLC Life Sciences multi-jurisdictional guide 2014: The Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent: latest developments

Cases include
  • Unwired Planet v Huawei (patent/FRAND – telecommunications)
  • Varian v Elekta (patent – radiotherapy devices)
  • Teva v Actavis (patent – pharmaceutical formulation)
  • Genzyme v Mt Sinai (patent – biotechnology)
  • TCT v Ericsson (patent – telecommunications)
  • Corma v Hegler Plastik (patent – corrugators)
  • Seitz v KHS and Norgren (patent – blow moulding)
  • HTC v Apple (patent – smartphones)
  • Apple v Nokia (patent – smartphones)
  • Mölnlycke v BSN Medical (patent – wound dressings)
  • Alan Nuttall v Fri-Jado (patent – hot food merchandisers)
  • Roche v Chiron (patent – biotechnology)