Of Counsel



Of Counsel


Richard specialises in intellectual property litigation and advisory work, including in relation to confidential information, patents, trade marks, copyright and domain name disputes.

In addition to extensive experience representing clients before the UK courts in complex patent disputes, his expertise also includes advising in relation to cross-border litigation, damages inquiries following patent disputes, large-scale disclosure exercises, settlement agreements and mediations.

Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Richard spent periods in the microelectronics and software industries whilst training as an engineer. He has also carried out post-doctoral research and published a number of scientific papers in the fields of nanoscience and physical chemistry. He is able to call upon this strong background in a range of technologies when analysing complex patent matters in the IT, microelectronics and telecoms sectors.

Richard joined Powell Gilbert in 2011.


Key cases

  • Promptu v Sky and Comcast (voice recognition systems)
  • IPCom v Lenovo (telecommunications / FRAND licensing)
  • Nichia v Seoul Semiconductor & Others (semiconductors – LED technology)
  • Philip Morris v Nicoventures (heat-not-burn tobacco)
  • Leonardo MW v Elbit Systems (missile defence systems)
  • Unwired Planet v Huawei & Others (telecommunications / FRAND licensing)
  • Vringo v ZTE (telecommunications / FRAND licensing)
  • HTC v Apple (smartphones)
  • Microsoft Mobility v Motorola (smartphones)
  • Nuance v Vlingo (speech recognition)
  • Napp v Dr Reddy’s & Sandoz (buprenorphine transdermal patches & subsequent cross undertaking damages inquiry)

2011 Solicitor (England & Wales)


BA MEng (Engineering), Cambridge University

PhD (Nanoscience), University of Nottingham

Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Oxford University

Connections & Networks

Member of AIPPI, LSLA, Society for Computers and Law, IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology), IEEE, IOP (Institute of Physics) and ACS (American Chemical Society)

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Biodegradable tea bags

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