Global Guide UK Intellectual property: Patent Litigation – UK – Band 1
Intellectual property – UK Foreign Expert and UK Expertise based abroad – Alex Wilson
The "very creative and smart" Alex Wilson is a "pragmatic" litigator who has deep technical expertise and experience handling hi-tech patent disputes, with particular insight into matters involving Germany. He is also recommended for contentious copyright matters.
Penny Gilbert is a leading life sciences patent litigator with experience handling licensing disputes, infringement claims and revocation attempts. She is qualified as a solicitor advocate and as a mediator. Sources say: "She has great knowledge and experience, is very easy to work with and provides a great balance of creativity and pragmatism."
Tim Powell is a patent litigator sought after for his assistance with cutting-edge telecommunications and life sciences disputes. Sources remark on his "great technical ability and smooth and powerful litigation case management."
Simon Ayrton represents luxury brands in brand enforcement actions including anti-counterfeiting campaigns and parallel import litigation. He also assists with patent infringement claims and licensing disputes.
Zoë Butler concentrates mainly on telecommunications and life sciences patent litigation. Interviewees say she "impresses enormously" because she "has extremely good judgement and is very bright."
Ari Laakkonen is well known for his handling of hi-tech and telecommunications patent litigation and also advises on copyright, design and trade mark disputes. A client says: "He is a very smart lawyer in terms of viewing which arguments will work from legal and technical perspectives."