Alex Wilson

IAM Research

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Gold - Individuals: litigation

One of the United Kingdom’s premier IP litigation destinations, the outfit founded by superstar disputers Tim Powell and Penny Gilbert continues to be recognised as one of the leaders within the space. As one patron puts it: “Tim Powell and his firm are a go-to for patent litigation, not only for the UK, but also for coordination across continental Europe. Tim brings decades of experience and is an unfailing guide through complex litigation. Tim is an exceptional litigator. He is instrumental in developing and executing UK and EU strategies, while keeping in mind clients’ ultimate business goals.” With a team that ranges across industries and technical areas, the ensemble is well situated to handle nearly any complex patent dispute. Patrons single out for praise Simon Ayrton, Bethan Hopewell, Ari Laakkonen and Tim Whitfield. “Simon is simply phenomenal – soft-spoken, undramatic, extremely calm under pressure, super-intelligent, and has the most impressive strategic brain for litigation. He is also a pleasure to work with. His colleagues at Powell Gilbert are cast in his image – low ego, interesting, smart and with strategic brains for patent and IP litigation. They do not pretend to practise other fields of law but are true experts in their field.” “Bethan is one of the sharpest and hardest-working lawyers in the UK. She is a go-to litigator in the UK and can coordinate patent litigation across Europe. Bethan and her firm can handle the biggest, most complex patent litigations. Bethan excels at developing and executing winning strategies that are also consistent with our business goals. She is smart, responsive and pragmatic.” “Ari and Tim are smart, thoughtful IP litigators. They are experts in the area of intellectual property and both have strong legal skills. The whole group offers very reasonable billing rates relative to peers. Ari and Tim are both good communicators and solve problems, rather than simply litigate them. They are highly recommended to anyone in the market for IP litigators.” Other key names to know are Zoë Butler, Joel Coles, Peter Damerell, Siddharth Kusumakar, Tom Oliver, Tess Waldron and Alex Wilson. Deeply experienced in complex patent disputes with an international element, Butler has fought battles for names in telecoms, electronics, pharma and biotech. Incisive and insightful, she has accrued substantial experience advising on international technology standards, including patent pools, licences and FRAND. “Joel’s dedication, creativity and sound technical understanding impress. He is an extremely intelligent lawyer, able to assimilate information quickly and apply knowledge to cases other lawyers would not even consider. This quality – his creative flair – really makes him stand out from the crowd. He’s also much more collaborative and inclusive than other lawyers, and ensures that everyone can contribute in a meaningful way to the issues at hand. He is thoroughly recommended.” Damerell has been called upon by clients in a huge range of industries – two special areas of expertise are freedom-to-operate advice for pharmaceutical companies and issues in the FRAND space. Mobilising his advanced degree in immunology, Kusumakar leads multi-jurisdictional patent litigation in the medtech, biotech and pharmaceutical sectors, including in two landmark UK Supreme Court decisions. With an academic background in biochemistry, Oliver is particularly well suited to complex life sciences disputes, but his experience has been wide ranging, taking in wind turbine technologies as well as the determination of FRAND rates for SEPs in a number of sectors. Waldron spent three years working as a doctor in a hospital before embarking on a career in the patent profession. Her background gives her keen insight into issues in the medical industry and – equally importantly – the ability to maintain calm under the pressure of high-stakes litigation. For nearly 30 years Wilson has advised companies in a range of industries on the enforcement and exploitation of their intellectual property. He has a background in biochem, but has represented companies in everything from semiconductors to oil, gas and graphics processing.

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