Jonathan handles patent matters in the chemistry and life science sectors, with emphasis on pharmaceuticals, industrial chemistry, materials, synthetic methods and medical and diagnostic devices. Jonathan has particular expertise in the area of small molecule drugs, formulations, graphene, catalysis, polymers and polymer additives, and stereoselective synthetic processes. Jonathan also handles design work in all fields.
He was identified as a Rising Star by IP Stars in 2017, and is consistently recognised as a key European Patent Attorney in IP Stars, and as a recommended practitioner in the Legal 500 rankings, JUVE rankings, and IAM Patent 1000 rankings.
Jonathan's work includes the drafting and prosecution of patent applications including coordinating the prosecution of multi-jurisdictional patent portfolios, advising on validity and infringement, and advising companies on improving their IP strategy and processes. Jonathan has significant experience in leading EPO opposition and appeal proceedings, including complex multi-party hearings representing patentees and opponents, and working closely with litigators to coordinate EPO opposition and local national litigation strategies. Jonathan also has extensive experience in handling IP due diligence for companies looking to buy, license, or invest in new technology, including conducting freedom to operate and SWOT analyses.
Jonathan's clients include large corporations, SMEs, start-ups and university technology transfer companies. He has particular experience of advising spin-outs in patent matters from initial start-up stage through to preparing for the IPO process.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Manchester with a first class honours degree in Chemistry and subsequently obtained a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Cambridge. He went on to work as a process research chemist in a well-known multinational pharmaceutical company before entering the patent profession in 2007. In his spare time he enjoys swimming and playing water polo, having previously represented Great Britain junior and England senior men’s national water polo teams.