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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


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)

  • 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