Jodie Goonawardena is the firm’s fifth Associate hire in just over a year

LONDON – Specialist IP law firm Powell Gilbert LLP today announces that it has expanded its team of leading IP lawyers with the appointment of Jodie Goonawardena as an Associate.

Jodie joins Powell Gilbert from Davies Collison Cave, one of the leading IP law firms in Australia, where she worked on a range of contentious multi-jurisdictional IP matters, with a particular focus on pharmaceutical patent litigation, utilising her scientific and technical expertise in biochemistry and drug design.

Her experience of contentious IP matters also extends to patent litigation in the mining & engineering, consumer goods, and software sectors, as well as trade mark litigation, contentious copyright, designs, consumer law and confidential information matters.

Jodie graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science, with a major in biochemistry. She is the fifth Associate hire the firm has made in just over a year, following the appointments of James Bergus in September, Douglas Jayatilaka in August, Adam Mackinnon in April, and Theo Cooper in October of last year.

Dr Penny Gilbert, Partner at Powell Gilbert LLP, commented:

“Jodie’s expertise combines scientific and technical training in key areas of the life sciences, with an experienced perspective on global IP litigation. We are thrilled to welcome her to the team, and we look forward to her bringing her knowledge and skills to bear for our clients.”

Powell Gilbert LLP ( is one of the UK’s leading law firms specialising in intellectual property (IP) litigation, including patents, trademarks, design rights, copyright and confidential information. It advises a wide variety of household brands on major UK and international IP-related issues across a range of sectors including FMCG, mobile and telecommunication as well as in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology.

The firm and its lawyers are frequently recognised among the world’s top legal advisers in IP, including receiving the IAM Global IP Awards UK Patent Law Firm of the Year in 2022, 2020 and 2019 and Managing IP’s UK Patent (Contentious) Firm of the Year Award in 2021, 2019 and 2018, winning several awards at the LMG European Life Sciences Awards including Firm of the Year in 2021 and 2020.  The firm features in the top tier for patent litigation in the leading directories, including Chambers & Partners, the Legal 500, IAM Patent 1000 and in the JUVE- patent rankings.

Powell Gilbert supports and encourages diversity. It has won the best firm in the UK (national firm) award at the European Women in Business Law Awards on several occasions, and its women feature in the MIP IP Stars Top 250 Women in IP and WIPR’s Influential Women in IP.  Members of the firm regularly participate in ChIPs and IP Inclusive events.




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