IP law firm Powell Gilbert launches office in Ireland

Dublin presence consolidates the firm’s role in the UPC

LONDON, 30 May 2023: Leading IP law firm Powell Gilbert today announces the launch of a new office in Dublin to support the firm’s work in advising and representing clients before the Unified Patent Court (UPC). This will complement the firm’s existing practice which has a preeminent reputation for UK patent litigation and for developing and implementing Europe-wide patent litigation strategies for its clients.

The Unified Patent Court Agreement was signed in February 2013 by 25 EU member states, including the Republic of Ireland. The UPC will officially launch on 1 June 2023. It creates a single patent jurisdiction across a significant portion of the European market. An initial 17 EU member states are initially participating, with a further seven countries still to ratify. The Irish Government has confirmed its intention to participate in the UPC and Unitary Patent system and will hold a referendum to ratify the UPC Agreement later this year or in 2024.

The firm will operate in Ireland as Powell Gilbert (Europe) LLP, with each of the firm’s 14 partners admitted to practice in Ireland. Lawyers authorised to practice in Ireland will be able to represent clients in the UPC.

Powell Gilbert will continue to work closely with its extensive network of leading European IP litigators. Working alongside local counsel, the firm will bring to bear its wealth of patent litigation experience, and access to a deep bench of technically qualified lawyers, to build the best teams to implement bespoke UPC strategies, bearing in mind the potential to litigate across the various national, regional, and central divisions of the UPC.

Dr Penny Gilbert, partner at Powell Gilbert, commented:

“As a leading independent IP law firm, we have built a reputation for partnering with the highest calibre patent litigators across Europe to deliver solutions for clients in complex international litigation.

“Our Irish office represents the next logical step in this approach. It enables us to combine our extensive patent litigation and European co-ordination expertise, technical strength and depth of knowledge with the support of local counsel to create the optimal teams for our clients’ European litigation strategies, both within the UPC and across non-UPC countries.

“It has always been our intention to participate fully in the UPC, which we believe is of enormous strategic importance to clients. We are actively working with clients on their UPC strategies and filings in preparation for the UPC start date.”

Alex Wilson, partner at Powell Gilbert, commented:

“We are looking forward to handling UPC litigation from our Dublin office when the court rooms open their doors. This comes after years of our active involvement in the development of the system – inputting into the rules of the court and advocates’ code of conduct and the training of judges through EPLAW.”

IP Law firm Powell Gilbert launches office in Ireland

Dublin presence consolidates the firm’s role in the UPC

LONDON, 30 May 2023: Leading IP law firm Powell Gilbert today announces the launch of a new office in Dublin to support the firm’s work in advising and representing clients before the Unified Patent Court (UPC). This will complement the firm’s existing practice which has a preeminent reputation for UK patent litigation and for developing and implementing Europe-wide patent litigation strategies for its clients.

The Unified Patent Court Agreement was signed in February 2013 by 25 EU member states, including the Republic of Ireland. The UPC will officially launch on 1 June 2023. It creates a single patent jurisdiction across a significant portion of the European market. An initial 17 EU member states are initially participating, with a further seven countries still to ratify. The Irish Government has confirmed its intention to participate in the UPC and Unitary Patent system and will hold a referendum to ratify the UPC Agreement later this year or in 2024. 

The firm will operate in Ireland as Powell Gilbert (Europe) LLP, with each of the firm’s 14 partners admitted to practice in Ireland.  Lawyers authorised to practice in Ireland will be able to represent clients in the UPC.

Powell Gilbert will continue to work closely with its extensive network of leading European IP litigators. Working alongside local counsel, the firm will bring to bear its wealth of patent litigation experience, and access to a deep bench of technically qualified lawyers, to build the best teams to implement bespoke UPC strategies, bearing in mind the potential to litigate across the various national, regional, and central divisions of the UPC.

Dr Penny Gilbert, partner at Powell Gilbert, commented:

“As a leading independent IP law firm, we have built a reputation for partnering with the highest calibre patent litigators across Europe to deliver solutions for clients in complex international litigation.

“Our Irish office represents the next logical step in this approach. It enables us to combine our extensive patent litigation and European co-ordination expertise, technical strength and depth of knowledge with the support of local counsel to create the optimal teams for our clients’ European litigation strategies, both within the UPC and across non-UPC countries.

“It has always been our intention to participate fully in the UPC, which we believe is of enormous strategic importance to clients. We are actively working with clients on their UPC strategies and filings in preparation for the UPC start date.”

Alex Wilson, partner at Powell Gilbert, commented:

“We are looking forward to handling UPC litigation from our Dublin office when the court rooms open their doors. This comes after years of our active involvement in the development of the system – inputting into the rules of the court and advocates’ code of conduct and the training of judges through EPLAW.”

LMG Life Science EMEA Awards 2023 – shortlist announced

Shortlist announced – LMG LifeSciences Awards 2023 EMEA. Wonderful news! PG and the team shortlisted for 9 awards! Congratulations to all those shortlisted! Further information here.

LMG Life Sciences Awards 2023 EMEA – Shortlists Announced

Shortlist announced – LMG Life Sciences Awards 2023 EMEA. Wonderful news! PG and the team shortlisted for 9 awards! Congratulations to all those shortlisted! Further information here.

  • Patent Litigator Firm of the Year: Biologics / Biosimilars, Biotech, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals
  • Patent Litigator of the Year: Biologics & Biosimilars – Zoe Butler
  • Patent Litigator of the Year: Biotech – Penny Gilbert
  • Patent Litigator of the Year: Medical Devices – Tim Powell
  • Patent Litigator of the Year: Pharmaceuticals – Bethan Hopewell
  • Intellectual Property Rising Star: Tess Waldron

 

 

EMEA Women in Business Law Awards 2023 – 3 PG Partners shortlisted

EMEA Women in Business Law Awards 2023 – shortlist has been announced.

Fantastic news! Penny Gilbert and Bethan Hopewell shortlisted for Life Sciences Lawyer of the year and Zoe Butler, Patent Lawyer of the Year.

Congratulations to all shortlisted! Further information here.

Chambers and Partners Global Guide 2023

” They all have huge experience and knowledge of the UK and multinational IP proceedings. The team are a pleasure to work with and are accessible and responsive at all times..”

The Chambers and Partners Global 2023 Guide is out! – and we are delighted to have been ranked Band 1 for Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation and also ranked for Intellectual Property, with eight PG lawyers individually ranked, including Band 1 for Penny Gilbert and Tim Powell!

Find out more and read the full ranking here.

WTR 1000

Following another amazing year for our trade mark team, PG are delighted with the recognition and quotes in this year’s WTR1000. Please see full write-up here. Great work Simon Ayrton, Tom Oliver and Alex Borthwick!

JUVE Patent’s Ones to Watch in UK Patent Litigation 2023

In her first year as partner, PG’s Dr Tess Waldron has been named in JUVE Patent’s Ones to Watch in UK Patent Litigation 2023!

The list recognises a select handful of young lawyers for their impressive development and successes in major cases over the past twelve months – with particular praise being given to Tess’ high-level of understanding in life sciences litigation and her expertise in mobile communication cases involving FRAND, competition law and anti-suit-injunctions .

Congratulations Tess! Very well deserved.

Read the full ranking here.

JUVE Patent UK Rankings 2023 – Powell Gilbert LLP 5* top tier

Following another busy year for PG, we are thrilled to have maintained our 5* top tier ranking in the JUVE Patent UK Rankings 2023!

JUVE notes our “Outstanding international reputation for litigation with deep bench of lawyers. Lawyers are at the forefront of developments in pharmaceuticals and telecommunications”.

Special recognition is given to the team’s “impressive” work in the life sciences sector over the past year, contributing to the firm’s overall position as an “undisputed market leader in UK patent litigation”.

Read the full ranking and analysis here.

PG Partner Dr Tess Waldron discusses impact of UPC in new webinar

A new webinar featuring PG Partner Dr Tess Waldron exploring the impact of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) ahead of its expected launch in June 2023, is now available to watch online here.

The webinar, which was hosted by Gwilym Roberts, patent attorney and Chair at Kilburn & Strode, examines the impact of the UPC on businesses worried about Non-Practicing Entities (NPEs).

As guest speaker for the episode, Tess addresses the important questions that many implementers and originators have about the prospect of centralised European patent litigation, including whether the UPC will be NPE-friendly as some have suggested, whether it will lead to an increase in litigious activity, and the best strategies for implementers to adopt.

Along with her colleagues at PG, Tess has been involved in some of the most complex and high-profile IP cases before the UK courts in recent years, particularly in Tess’s case in relation to Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) and FRAND litigation.

The webinar is part of a series of events being held by Kilburn & Strode in the run up to the UPC’s expected launch next summer.

The webinar can be watched on demand here. For more information on Unified Patents, the UPC and how they might impact your business, visit our designated UPC page on the Powell Gilbert website here.