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Jonathan Hill

 


Year of call: 2000

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Practice

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:
patents
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


 

Patents

Shanks v Unilever (client) [2014] EWHC 1647 (Pat) (IPO and Patents Court)

Blue Gentian v Tristar (client) [2013] EWHC 4098 (Pat) (Patents Court)

Varnham v BAE Systems (client) (IPO, 2013)

Alk-Abello v Meridian (client) [2010] EWPCC 14, [2011] FSR 13 (Patents County Court)

Zipher (client) v Markem [2008] EWHC 1379 (Pat) [2009] FSR 1 (Patents Court)

M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers (client) v Trek Technology. [2008] EWHC 102 [2008] RPC 18 (Patents Court)

Vetco Gray (client) v FMC Technologies [2007] EWHC 540 (Pat) (Patents Court)

Bekaert v Keith Dixon-Roche (client) (Patents County Court, 2005-8)

Kelly (client) v GE Healthcare (IPO, Patents Court, 2005-7)

Gerkros (Tipperary) Boilers (client) v Alley Enterprises (Patents Court, IPO, 2005-7)

St Gobain PAM v Fusion Provida & Electrosteel Castings (client) [2005] EWCA Civ 177 [2004] EWHC 2469 (Ch) (Patents Court, Court of Appeal)

Miller (client) v Hill Engineering (Patents Court, 2003-2005)

Wyeth (client) v Alpharma (Patents Court, 2004)

Cintec (client) v Parkes & Frost, [2003] EWHC 2328 (Ch), (2004) 27(2) IPD 27011 (Patents Court)
 

Trade Marks and Passing Off

T-265/13 Polo/Lauren Co (client) v FreshSide, 18 September 2014 (appeal from OHIM to General Court of the EU)

Cranford Community College v Cranford College (client) [2014] EWHC 2999 (IPEC)

National Guild of Removers & Storers (client) v Milner [2014] EWHC 1117 (IPEC)

Bocacina (client) v Boca Cafes [2013] EWHC 3090 (IPEC) (first case heard by Intellectual Property Enterprise Court)

PORTMEIRION trade mark, O-342-12 (UK IPO)

Media Village Entertainment (client) v Coca Cola – RELENTLESS trade mark (Chancery Division, BoA of OHIM, 2012)

National Guild of Removers & Storers (client) v Coid & Jones [2012] EWCA Civ 216 [2012] 1 WLR 2501 (Court of Appeal)

Christian Dior (client) v House of Labels (Chancery Division, 2011)

PETMEDS trade mark, O-471-11 (Appointed Person)

RSN t/a Riedel (client) v Riedelshop, O-366-10 (Company Names Tribunal)

Best Buy v Worldwide Sales Corporation (client) [2011] EWCA Civ 618 [2011] FSR 30 and [2010] EWHC 1666 (Ch) [2010] FSR 35

Jean Christian Perfumes (client) v Thakrar [2011] EWHC 1383 (Ch) [2011] FSR 34 (Chancery Division)

National Guild of Removers (client) v Silveria [2010] EWPCC 15 [2011] FSR 9

Portakabin (client) v PK Cabins (Chancery Division, 2007-8)

Virgin (client) v Bezant (Chancery Division, 2007-8)

Human Race v Nike (client) (Chancery Division, July 2008)

T-160/06 Estancia Piedra TM (Appeal from OHIM Court of First Instance)

T-439/05 Lombard Direct TM (Appeal from OHIM to Court of First Instance)

C-259/04 Elizabeth Emanuel Trade Marks [2006] ECR I-3089, [2004] RPC 15 (European Court of Justice, on preliminary reference from the Appointed Person, D Kitchin QC). 

Croom’s Trade Mark Application [2005] RPC 2 (Appointed Person, G Hobbs QC)

George Lowden v Lowden Guitar Co. [2004] EWHC 2531 [2005] RPC 18 (Chancery Division)

Yell plc v BT plc (client) (Chancery Division, 2004)
 

Copyright and Database Rights

IT Human Resources plc. (client) v Land (Chancery Division, October 2014)

Quick Draw (client) v Global Live Events [2012] EWHC 2105 (Ch), 233 (Ch) (Chancery Division)

Forensic Telecommunications Services v West Yorkshire Police (client) [2011] EWHC 2892 (Ch) [2012] FSR 15 (Chancery Division)

Athletic Logic (client) v Chelsea FC (Chancery Division, 2011)

Beechwood House (client) v Guardian [2011] EWPCC 022 [2011] ECC 14, [2010] EWPCC 12, [2010] EWPCC 13 (Patents County Court)

Nintendo (client) v Console PC [2011] EWHC 145 (Chancery Division)

Nintendo (client) v Playables [2010] EWHC 1932 (Chancery Division)

World Trade Group (client) v Basanez & others (Chancery Division, 2008).

Wrenn (client) v Landamore [2008] EWCA Civ 496, [2007] EWHC 1833 (Ch) (Court of Appeal)

Daniels v Collingwood O’Hare (client) (Chancery Division, January 2007) – copyright in Rastagnomes children’s cartoon series

IT, Commercial Contract and Confidential Information

Confidential Information

Opera (client) v Microsoft (Chancery Division, 2013, Norwich Pharmacal order)

Bailey (client) v Graham [2012] EWCA Civ 1469 (Court of Appeal)

Forensic Telecommunications Services v West Yorkshire Police (client) [2011] EWHC 2892 (Ch) [2012] FSR 15 (Chancery Division)

Unit 4Software (client) v Cotrain (Chancery Division, 2011-12)

Mekong (client) v Wurth (Chancery Division, 2008)

Ancell (client) v Suavi (Chancery Division, 2005)

IP/IT related commercial and professional negligence cases

Magical Marking & Phillis v Ware & Kay (client) [2013] EWHC 59 (Ch); [2013] EWHC 636 [2013] 4 Costs LR 535 (Chancery Division)

BMS Computer Solutions (client) v AB Agri [2010] EWHC 464 (Chancery Division)

Automotive Latch Systems v Honeywell (client) (Commercial Court, 2008)

Devon & Cornwall Police Authority (client) v Airwave O2 (Technology & Construction Court, 2006-7)

GS1 (client) v Udex (Chancery Division, 2006)

Data Protection

Gerrard v Legal Services Commission (client) (Chancery Division, 2003-4)

Plant breeders' rights

Advaberimar raspberry variety (2013)

Symphony strawberry variety (2003-4)

Media and Entertainment

Quick Draw (client) v Global Live Events [2012] EWHC 233, [2012] EWHC 2105

Nintendo (client) v Console PC [2011] EWHC 145 (Chancery Division)

Nintendo (client) v Playables [2010] EWHC 1932 (Chancery Division)

Daniels v Collingwood O’Hare (client) (Chancery Division, January 2007)

One Honest Man Inc (client) v BBC [2003] EWHC 2808 (Chancery Division)

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.

Additional Information

TALKS AND LECTURES

Available for talks/lectures in any of the areas of specialism listed above. Recent talks have included talks on the Jackson costs reforms, the Unified Patent Court and the developments in the Community design law.
 

Books

Author of the Patents section of Aitkens' Court Forms

 

Education

1999-2000: Inns of Court School of Law (99-00), Bar Vocational Course, Very Competent

1998-1999: City University Dipoloma in Law (CPE), Merit

1994-1998: Oxford University (Oriel), BA Physics and Philosophy, Class: 1st

1989-1994: Winchester College, A/AS Levels, Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Greek, Latin, Biology

 

Scholarships

Lincoln's Inn: Kennedy scholarship (pupillage)
  Mansfield scholarship (BVC year)
  CPE award and Hardwicke entrance award
Oriel College: Scholarship 1997
Winchester College: Scholarship 1994

Additional Legal Experience

Hilary Term 2002

Assigned to assist the Chancery LJs (particularly Mummery and Arden LLJ) by conducting legal research. Also prepared memoranda for the bench on cases involving litigants in person

Other relevant experience and skills

Working knowledge of French. High degree of computer literacy.

 

Recent Activity

» (1) Technomed Ltd (2) Technomed Telemedicine Ltd V (1) Bluecrest Health Screening Ltd (2) Express Diagnostics Ltd (T/A Cardio Analytics)
» Federation International De L'automobile V (1) Gator Sports Ltd (2) Green Golf Balls Europe Ltd (3) Green Golf Ltd (4) Roman Dubov (2017)
» Argos Ltd v Argos Systems Inc
» Shanks -v- Unilever
» Federation International De L'automobile V (1) Gator Sports Ltd (2) Green Golf Balls Europe Ltd (3) Green Golf Ltd (4) Roman Dubov (2017)
» Everseal Stationery Products Ltd -and- Document Management Solutions
» IT Human Resources Plc v Land [2014] EWHC 3812
» Cranford Community College v Cranford College Ltd [2014] EWHC 2999 (IPEC)
» The Polo/Lauren Company v OHIM T-265/13
» Shanks v Unilever [2014] EWHC 1647 (Pat)
» Ian Shanks v (1) Unilever Plc (2) Unilever NV (3) Unilever UK Central Resources Ltd O/259/13
» D. Jacobsen & Sons v Crocs Inc [2014] EWHC 987 (Ch)
» Bocacina Limited v (1) Boca Cafes Limited (2) Dericio De Souza Junior (3) Malgorzata De Souza [2013] EWCH 3090 (IPEC)
» Magical Marking -and- Ware & Kay LLP and Others [2013] EWHC 59 (Ch)

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


 

 

 

  • 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