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Allen & Overy grows global IP practice with hire of life sciences specialist, Gemma Barrett

Allen & Overy (A&O) today announced that Gemma Barrett has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property practice as a specialist in life sciences. Gemma joins the firm from Bristows.

Gemma brings with her over a decade of experience working for some of the world’s leading life sciences and chemical companies, providing strategic advice on litigating patents before the English Courts. She has extensive experience of cross-border litigation within Europe, India and China, and is regularly called upon to coordinate worldwide litigation for the protection of her clients’ most important patents. Gemma has developed innovative and successful strategies to assist pharmaceutical companies in the enforcement of their rights to protect their patents. She also has wide experience of arbitrating IP disputes, both domestically and internationally.

Gemma will be a great addition to our thriving Life Sciences IP practice. She has considerable litigation experience involving highly technical subject matter and will offer our clients a great depth of knowledge in protecting patent portfolios spanning international markets. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Gemma to the team at this exciting time, as our merger with Shearman & Sterling is being finalised to become A&O Shearman.

David Stone, head of A&O’s global IP practice

Laëtitia Bénard, global co-head of Life Sciences at A&O said: “We are thrilled to have Gemma join us and grow the intellectual property law expertise that we can offer our Life Sciences clients. Gemma brings with her a wealth of experience in patent litigation within the life sciences specialism, and we are very pleased to have her join our firm.” 

With Gemma’s arrival, as well as the recent life sciences patent hire in Germany (Anna Wolters-Höhne), A&O’s global life sciences patent litigation partnership is made up of 50% female partners.