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Chambers UK, 2016: Intellectual Property

Chambers UK, 2016: Intellectual Property

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10/07/2016 12:26:08

Powell Gilbert LLP is recommended for IP: Patent Litigation and IP: General in the 2016 Chambers, UK

Simon Ayrton is recommended for IP: General while Penny Gilbert, Tim Powell, Zoë Butler, Alex Wilson, Ari Laakkonen and Tim Whitfield are all recommended for IP: Patent Litigation. 

What the team is known for:

Viewed by peers and the most sophisticated companies as the summit of patent litigation expertise. Also handles trade mark and transactional work for its clients.

Strengths include:

"A stellar litigation practice headed by very capable people."

"They excel at litigation strategy and finding the best posture to adopt in any given situation."

Notable practitioners are as follows:

Penny Gilbert is universally regarded as being one of the finest patent litigators in the country, specialising in life sciences and telecoms cases. Sources say: "She has a very clear idea of what she's trying to achieve and how to achieve it," and rate her client management skills as "fantastic."

Tim Powell is a renowned patent disputes lawyer with a successful record acting for electronics and life sciences companies. He is also a solicitor advocate and a leading authority on the forthcoming Unified Patents Court.

Simon Ayrton is an IP disputes all-rounder, steeped in complex patent litigation but also highly effective in trade mark disputes. Sources say he is "immensely thorough," and praise his commercial sensibility.

Zoë Butler is a seasoned patent litigator with experience handling difficult, high-value cases in life sciences, electronics, and oil and gas technology. Sources appreciate her strategic insights and practical case management.

Ari Laakkonen is one of the UK's leading telecoms, media and technology law litigators. A former Nokia employee, sources say of him: "Beyond patent validity issues, he is superb on FRAND and licensing issues which are nebulous and confusing, so it's great to have someone who has been in the client's shoes." 

Alex Wilson specialises in European patent disputes and so is an ideal co-ordinator of multi-jurisdictional campaigns concerning a wide range of technologies. Sources commend his tenacity and he is recommended for oppositions as well as court litigation.

Tim Whitfield handles contentious IP matters destined for the courts and the European Patent Office. His practice spans life sciences, FMCG and hi-tech electronics, with a focus on patents although he also leads anti-counterfeiting campaigns.