James Bergus’ appointment marks the firm’s third Associate hire this year

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

James joins Powell Gilbert from the Federal Court of Australia, where he worked as an Associate to the Honourable Justice Jonathan Beach. Prior to this, James was in private practice at Davies Collison Cave, a leading IP law firm in Australia, where he worked on a range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including multi-jurisdictional patent litigation.

As well as his legal experience, James brings to bear significant scientific and technical expertise in the life sciences, having studied biomedical science, molecular biology, forensic biology, and toxicology. James is the fourth Associate hire the firm has made in the last 12 months, following the appointments of Douglas Jayatilaka in August, Adam Mackinnon in April and Theo Cooper in October.

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

“We are thrilled to welcome James to the team, with his valuable technical knowledge in the life sciences sector and his perspective on global IP litigation.”

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 featuring in The Times top 3 law firms in IP Law; 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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