Tim Powell and Penny Gilbert are recommended as “Leading Individuals”. IP boutique Powell Gilbert LLP is ‘one of the best’ for patent litigation matters, handling leading matters across life sciences, technology and telecoms. Its team of ‘first-class individuals’ is particularly good at co-ordinating cross-border disputes. Recent work includes representing Human Genome Sciences in the Supreme Court’s first decision in a patent case, and acting for HTC in litigation against Apple. It also represented GSK in a trade mark and copyright infringement action against Coca-Cola. Penny Gilbert is ‘absolutely excellent’, and has ‘great experience in pharma and biotech cases’; Tim Powell ‘knows cases inside out’, and has ‘an outstanding ability to grasp and explain complicated matters’; Ari Laakkonen is ‘very intelligent, with an enormous knowledge of the telecoms market and technology’; and Simon Ayrton gives ‘impressive and thoughtful advice on patent and trade mark matters’.