Bethan is a litigator with a strong technical background and advises clients in contentions IP matters, often with an international element.
She works on matters concerning a variety of technologies from electronics and telecoms to pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. This includes advising on issues arising from international technology standards, patent pools and associated licensing issues.
Owing to her strong scientific background, which includes a D. Phil in molecular biology, Bethan is adept at getting to grips with complex technical issues. Her background in biological sciences is of particular relevance to advising clients on complex multijurisdictional patent disputes, pharmaceutical regulatory issues and contested SPC disputes in the Life Sciences sector.
Bethan also provides freedom to operate and due diligence advice. In the contentious soft IP field, she advises clients on disputes concerning counterfeiting, brand and advertising issues. She also has experience in dealing with technology contract disputes.
Bethan represents clients in litigation before the UK Patents Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. She also represents clients in European Patent Office at opposition and appeal proceedings. In the context of coordinating multi-jurisdictional patent matters, Bethan also has considerable experience of actively assisting with litigation in various European courts.
Bethan joined Powell Gilbert as an associate when it was founded in March 2007 and became a partner in 2016.
Bethan is a member of AIPPI, LSLA. In 2016 she received Euromoney LMG's 'Rising Star' award for intellectual property at the Women in Business Law Awards.