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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


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)

  • 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