Zoë Butler is an experienced IP litigator with a strong technical background and has advised clients on IP disputes relating to a broad range of technological areas and industry sectors.
Ms Butler has a broad practice advising clients across the range of IP rights. She is particularly known for her expertise in advising clients in complex patent disputes. Recently, she has acted for a range of clients, from electronics and software companies to pharmaceutical and biotech companies in matters relating to patents, copyright, trademarks and design rights as well as contract and competition law.
In addition to representing clients before the UK courts, Ms Butler has experience in European Patent Office opposition proceedings, and has represented clients in arbitration proceedings and mediations relating to technology contract disputes. She has been involved in many multi-jurisdictional disputes, working with advisors from across Europe, North America and Japan, and has taken a role in coordinating such litigation. In 2003, she spent six months in the Netherlands seconded to the IP/ICT department of a leading Dutch law firm.
Her reported cases include: Unwired Planet v Huawei; Samsung Bioepis & Biogen v AbbVie; Motorola v Microsoft; LG v Sony; Apple v Nokia; Mölnlycke v BSN medical; Philips & others v Alba; Dr Reddy's Laboratories v Eli Lilly; Ivax v Chugai; Sony Computer Entertainment v. Ball & others; Affymetrix v Multilyte; Oxford Gene Technology v Affymetrix; Pharmacia v Merck; Iomega v Nomai.
Zoe was awarded Best in TMT at the Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards, 2014 and 2016.
Zoë Butler advises clients on all IP rights although she is best known for litigating sophisticated patent cases in electronics and life sciences. She is recognised as one of the country's leading IP lawyers, having an enviable client roster and record in life sciences patent disputes. Chambers and Partners 2015.
Zoë Butler has experience of European Patent Office proceedings and is commended for her "innovation and technical brilliance." Who's Who Legal 2015.
Prior to founding Powell Gilbert in 2007, she was a partner at Bristows. She is a member of AIPPI and EPLAW. She frequently lectures on IP law and is a tutor on the Oxford University Diploma in IP law and practice. She is a contributor to the CIPA Guide to the Patents Act.
Her qualifications include: 1996 Solicitor, 2007 Solicitor Advocate, MA (Natural Sciences and Law), Cambridge University and a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Bristol University.