Peter has experience of all major areas of intellectual property litigation including patents, FRAND, licensing, copyright, database rights, trade marks, passing off and confidential information.

Before becoming a lawyer Peter worked for 15 years in the information technology industry as a software developer/architect.

Peter has a focus on IT/electronics disputes but has been involved in litigation across various industry sectors ranging from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to synthetic grass. Peter has substantial experience in cross-border litigation involving including choice of law, jurisdiction, anti-suit relief and foreign law disputes. Peter has worked in matters before the courts of Australia, England and the UPC. He has appeared regularly as an advocate in courts and tribunals in England and Australia.

Peter joined Powell Gilbert in 2018 and became a partner of Powell Gilbert (Europe) LLP in 2024.

Key Cases

  • Moderna v BioNTech and Pfizer (patent pledge)
  • Biogen v Sandoz / Polpharma (diagnostic assays)
  • Philip Morris v Nicoventures (heat-not-burn tobacco)
  • Ocado v AutoStore (robotics)
  • Royalty Pharma v Boehringer Ingelheim (royalty dispute – DPP-IV inhibitors)
  • Vestel v HEVC Advance & Philips (HEVC codec / FRAND licensing / jurisdiction challenge)
  • IPCom v Lenovo (telecommunications / FRAND licensing)
  • Promptu v Sky and Comcast (voice recognition systems)
  • Blue Power Group v Eni (contract, confidential information and database rights in excel model)
  • Becton v B Braun, Federal Court Australia (FCA) (IV catheter medical device patents)
  • FieldTurf v Tigerturf, FCA (synthetic turf patents)
  • Abbott v Alphapharm, FCA (fenofibrate pharmaceutical patents)
  • Optiver v Tibra, FCA (high frequency trading software copyright and confidential information)

2012 Solicitor and Barrister (NSW, Australia)

2021 Solicitor (England & Wales)

2023 Solicitor Advocate (England and Wales)

2024 Solicitor (Ireland)

2024 UPC Representative


BA (Mod) Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin

Juris Doctor (Law), University of New South Wales

BCL (Masters of Law), University of Oxford

Connections & Networks

Member of AIPPI and CIPA

Awards & Recognition
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Life before law

Computer programmer

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Places I’ve lived

Dublin, Perth, Sydney, Oxford, London

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Favourite place

Byron Bay