“Tim Powell is a litigator’s litigator.”

Legal 500

Tim Powell, Partner, has a strong technical background that has enabled him to represent clients in some of the largest and most complex intellectual property disputes to come before the UK courts in recent years.













WIPR Leaders 2017 iam 1000 - Recommended Individual 2015



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

Tim specialises in multi-jurisdictional litigation, particularly in the patents field where he has experience in coordinating litigation taking place simultaneously across Europe, North America and beyond. He also advises clients on healthcare regulatory issues.


He is a solicitor advocate and has represented clients as an advocate in the UK and European Patent Offices, the English High Court, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and the European Court of Justice. Tim has been a partner at Powell Gilbert LLP since 2007.


Tim is a member of AIPPI and EPLAW. He lectures widely on aspects of IP law and is a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee of the UK Bioindustry Association and a board member of IPLA.


In 2013 Tim was ranked as one of the top 100 business lawyers in the UK in the "Chambers 100".


Tim Powell excels at patent litigation, often co-ordinating business-critical cases across multiple jurisdictions. He is celebrated for his running of cases relating to biologics, genetics, pharmaceuticals and wound dressings. His patent practice is enhanced by his expert knowledge of SPC law and life sciences regulations.
Chambers and Partners 2015


...wins unanimous praise as a leading light in cross-border patent fights.

IAM 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2014


a "fantastic" patent litigator whose "strategic overview can cut to the heart of the matter."

Chambers and Partners 2014


"an excellent and skilled litigator with deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector"

Chambers 100, 2013


"the ideal patent litigator: technically grounded, astute and forceful, with impeccable judgement". He is also "practical, excellent at managing complex multi-jurisdictional battles and a very nice guy to boot".

IAM 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2012


"Tim Powell has an excellent reputation for cross-border patent litigation. Clients say he is "experienced, has a clear mind and is able to weigh up concerns from a commercial perspective." Interviewees are full of praise for him. He impresses clients with his grasp of technical details and an ability to "find the best route through complicated situations."

Chambers and Partners 2012


Tim Powell is ‘assertive and determined, with excellent judgement and common sense’ and is noted for his ‘ability to co-ordinate multinational litigation’ and ‘find practical, cost-effective solutions’.

Legal 500 2011



Who’s Who Legal, Life Sciences 2011


Tim Powell is praised as “one of the most high-quality and thoughtful patent litigators around”.

Chambers and Partners Global, The Client’s Guide 2011


Tim Powell “is a real heavyweight - one of the best patent litigators around” and is “a calm, effective operator” who specialises in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation.

Chambers and Partners 2011


Contact details

T +44 20 3040 8030
E tim.powell@powellgilbert.com



1990 Solicitor
2004 Solicitor Advocate



MA (Natural Sciences), Cambridge University
Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University

Cases include
  • Apple v Nokia (patent – smartphones)
  • Chiron v Murex & others (HCV)
  • Pharmacia v Merck (Cox 2 inhibitors)
  • Yeda v Sanofi Aventis and ImClone (monoclonal antibodies)
  • Molnlycke v BSN Medical (wound dressings)
  • Affymetrix v Multilyte (DNA microarrays)
  • Philips v Princo (CD-R technology)
  • Unilever v Colgate (packaging technology)
  • Phillips Petroleum v ExxonMobil (petrochemicals)
  • Monsanto v Cargill (GM crops)
  • Yeda v Comptroller General of Patents (SPC application)
  • Cisco Systems v Comptel (software licence dispute)
  • Motorola v Microsoft (smartphones)
  • Actavis v Sanofi Aventis (SPC)
  • Actavis v Warner Lambert (pharmaceuticals)
  • Vringo v ZTE (telecoms)