Dr Penny Gilbert is a founding Partner of Powell Gilbert LLP (www.powellgilbert.com), a specialist Intellectual Property Law firm based in London. She is a solicitor advocate and a qualified mediator.
Penny obtained a degree in Biochemistry and a DPhil in Molecular Biology from the University of Oxford, prior to qualifying as a solicitor in 1991. She specialises in patent litigation, particularly in the life sciences, and represents clients before the UK Patents Courts, including acting in the first patent case to be heard by the UK Supreme Court (HGS v Eli Lilly). Other reported cases include Samsung Bioepsis & Biogen v AbbVie, Regeneron v Kymab, Eli Lilly v Biogen, ratiopharm v Napp, OGT v Affymetrix, Pharmacia v Merck, Inhale v Quadrant, Quadrant v Roser, Chiron v Evans Medical, Chiron v Murex, Genentech v Wellcome. She has also acted in referrals on the SPC Regulation to the CJEU (C-493/12) and to the EFTA Court (E 16/14) and has a wealth of experience in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. She has represented clients in EPO proceedings and also represents clients in patent licence disputes before the UK courts and in arbitration.
Penny is a tutor on the Oxford University Diploma in IP Law and Practice course, teaching patent litigation, and is a member of AIPPI, LES, IPLA and on the Editorial Boards of BioScience Law Review and LSIPR.
Penny is immediate past President of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) and a member of its Advisory Board. She has been recognised as International Who's Who Legal's Patent Lawyer of the year and also as Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year. She has received Legal Business' "TMT Team of the Year" and "Managing IP UK Patents (Contentious)" Award for cases that she has acted in, as well as receiving the European Women in Business Law Award (Best in Patents) twice. She was ranked as one of the top Life Science Lawyers in the UK in the "Chambers 100" and listed in the SuperLawyers London Top 100 for Advocacy and for IP.
Chambers and Partners have described her as "a much respected patent litigator with impeccable scientific credentials, who oversees multi-jurisdictional patent disputes for leading companies in the sector. "She is one of the best in the UK without a doubt… universally regarded as being one of the finest patent litigators in the country... Sources say: "She has a very clear idea of what she's trying to achieve and how to achieve it," and rate her client management skills as "fantastic.""