Powell Gilbert

United Kingdom (England)

85 Fleet Street
United Kingdom (England)

+44 (0)20 3040 8000

+44 (0)20 3040 8001

Powell Gilbert is a specialist Intellectual Property law firm with one of the largest, most innovative and highly regarded IP litigation and advisory teams in the UK.  With extensive litigation experience and lawyers who have strong scientific and technical backgrounds, we are uniquely positioned to address complex and commercially critical IP matters.  

Our lawyers have represented clients in high-profile and technically complex patent cases before the UK courts, including appeals to the Supreme Court, while also pursuing parallel EPO opposition proceedings and developing multi-jurisdictional litigation strategies.  We have also represented clients on referrals to the European Court of Justice and the EFTA Court on the SPC Regulation.  Our experience ranges from acting in the earliest biotechnology patent cases, to advising on some of the largest telecoms and FRAND licensing litigation, as well as acting in matters concerning copyright in iconic furniture design. Our flourishing brands practice acts for some of the world’s most sophisticated businesses, and has a track record of devising and delivering creative solutions to meet clients’ commercial objectives. 

Our technical excellence is unmatched, with almost all our litigators having scientific or technical qualifications, including many lawyers with PhDs in disciplines such as molecular biology, immunology, computer science, nanoscience, and pharmacology, as well as a medically qualified doctor.  

Our clients range from start-ups to multinationals, operating across a broad range of sectors.  We have represented clients in cases involving products as diverse as DNA microarrays, computer software, pharmaceutical blockbusters, medical devices, petrochemicals, semi-conductors, mobile phones, perfume, electronic cigarettes, fitness monitors and razor blades. 

Although London-based, we frequently work on international matters and are ideally placed to advise on and devise European IP litigation strategies.  Many of our cases have multijurisdictional aspects and we often work in, and co-ordinate, multinational teams from across the world.  


Network memberships: AIPPI, ChIPs, EPLAW, INTA, LES, IPLA


Last updated 13th February 2020

Sector expertise:

  • Biotechnology + Life Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Fashion
  • Food & Beverage
  • Green Technology
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Information Science
  • Information Technology + Communications
  • Luxury Goods
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media, Entertainment & Publishing
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Robotics + Nanotechnology
  • Semiconductors
  • Telecommunications