Penny Gilbert, Tim Powell and Zoë Butler are recommended for Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation
Powell Gilbert retains its position as one of the UK's, if not Europe's, leading choices for high-stakes IP and patent litigation on behalf of major biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical companies. This boutique firm has built up an illustrious tesam of lawyers, often hired from other leading firms in this market, and the vast majority of whom have scientific backgrounds pre-dating their legal careers. Clients say that "they provide excellent client service, and especially excellent communication. They are very quick to take the initiative and to propose viable solutions when problems arise." The firm has recently acted for GlaxoSmithKline, Human Genome Sciences (HGS) and Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics.
Penny Gilbert is widely considered to be one of the finest contentious patent lawyers in the country. She operates entirely in the biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceuticals sectors, and one client said they "wouldn't want a litigation in the UK without her."
Tim Powell is a qualified solicitor advocate who has litigated high-profile patent cases on behalf of world leaders in high technology and pharmaceuticals before the UK and European patent courts, and among the very highest courts in this country and on the continent.
Zoë Butler is a litigation specialist, and works at the confluence of IP and competition law. Perhaps best known for patent cases, she has recently taken a lead role in the firm's defence of BSN Medical Limited and BSN Medical GmbH against infringement actions brought by Mölnlycke Health Care, in a matter regarding wound dressings which is being fought in UK, German and Swedish courts.