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Jonathan Hill


Year of call: 2000


Jonathan graduated from Oxford University with a first class honours degree in Physics and Philosophy.
Called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn, October 2000.
Qualified to accept direct instruction under the Bar’s Public Access Scheme.

Areas of specialism:
All substantive and procedural areas of:

Intellectual property law, including:
trade marks and passing off
copyright, performers’ rights, database rights, copyright protection measures, and other related rights
registered and unregistered design rights

confidential information and privacy
plant breeders’ rights

Media law, including:
book and magazine publishing
music publishing
film and TV development and finance

Commercial and professional negligence actions featuring IP, IT or media related issues.

Appears and/or drafts written submissions in proceedings before:

High Court – Patents Court, general Chancery Division, Technology and Construction Court, general Queen’s Bench Division
Intellectual Property Enterprise Court/Patents County Court
Court of Justice of the European Union and General Court (written and oral procedure)
UK IPO (patents, designs and trade marks)
OHIM (trade marks and designs)
Domain name dispute resolution services (Nominet, WIPO)
UK Company Names Tribunal

Non-contentious work includes:
Advice and drafting services in relation:
Intellectual property licences and assignments
Media contracts
Franchising contracts


Design Rights

G-Star v Rhodi (client) (Chancery Division, November 2014) – jeans

Agent Provocateur v Kimberly London (client) (Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, July 2014) - bikinis

D Jacobson (client) v Crocs [2014] EWHC 987 (Ch) [2014] ECC 16 (Patents Court) – Crocs shoes

Satco v Super Pack (client) [2013] EWPCC 29 (Patents County Court) – microwaveable containers

BMW v Round & Metal (client) [2012] EWHC 2099 (Pat) [2013] FSR 18 (Patents Court) – alloy wheels

Loft International v Hille (client) (Patents Court, 2011) – Robin Day chair

Gina Shoes (client) v Moda in Pelle (Chancery Division, 2007-2008) - high fashion shoes

Mountway (client) v CCI Healthcare (Patents Court, 2008) – bath lifts

Conroy (client) v Shifrin (Patents County Court, 2005) – jewellery designs

Reckitt Benckiser v Home Pairfum (client) [2004] FSR 37 (Patents Court) – air fresheners

Reality Products (client) v Original Barware Co (Patents Court, 2003) - corkscrews.

  • What the Directories Say
  • "He works extremely hard, gets a good practical understanding of cases and is a very effective cross-examiner." "He is amazingly bright with an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law. He is deeply commercial and brings a brilliantly analytical focus on the points that really matter"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2017

    "A very impressive advocate."
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2017

    "He has a first-rate legal brain and his knowledge of the law is second to none"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2016

    "Has good technical skills and offers balanced pragmatic advice." "Responsive and commercial"
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2016

    "He provides sensible, solid advice"
    Legal 500 (Intellectual property) 2015

    "An IP law all-rounder, who is spoken of in glowing terms by instructing solicitors. He is often favoured for matters involving particularly abstruse and challenging points of law."
     "An incredibly bright and determined advocate who knows this area of law backwards and who takes a very welcome commercial approach; he's a breath of fresh air."
    Chambers & Partners (Intellectual Property) 2015