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Jonathan Radcliffe

Jonathan Radcliffe

Partner

Jonathan is a partner in Reed Smith’s IP, Information & Innovation Group and focuses on patent/IP litigation and strategy.

His practice is primarily litigious, although he also advises on strategy and the IP aspects of corporate work. His practice covers a wide range of technologies, with a particular focus on cases with a high scientific/technological content. He has led pan-European and multi-national patent litigation (including as part of joint in-house and private practice teams).

He represents clients in the life sciences, medical devices, high-tech, and manufacturing sectors (including biometrics, electronics, software, and communications).

He has extensive experience in acting for international clients on multinational matters and regularly advises on pan-European and multinational disputes, including acting as European co-ordinating counsel. He has worked in New York and in Abu Dhabi.

Jonathan has acted in a number of leading cases in the IP field on matters such as the patentability of software, added matter, preventing attempted post-revocation patent amendment, obviousness, importation as an act of infringement under the Patents Act, entitlement to patents and inventions, patent injunctions, the trade mark classification system, and the registerability of shape trade marks.

Jonathan is believed to be one of only two English solicitors to have had both a patent appeal and a separate trade mark appeal to the UK Supreme Court.

He has also acted for many years for one of the world’s leading auction houses, and so has a deep expertise in related copyright, moral rights, and artists’ resale right issues.

Employment History

  • 2016 - Reed Smith LLP
  • Jonathan worked for many years at HoganLovells LLP, and has been a partner at Charles Russell Speechly LLP, Mayer Brown International LLP, Nabarro LLP, and FieldFisher LLP

Honors & Awards

Jonathan has been ranked as an expert by the leading independently researched legal directories for a number of years, including by Chambers Global, Chambers UK, IAM Patent 1000, SuperLawyers (London), and Legal 500. Editorial comments include:

  • Chambers Global and Chambers UK 2016: “Jonathan Radcliffe is a seasoned patent litigator and represents clients in the electronics, manufacturing and life sciences fields. He is noted for his knowledge on questions of computer software patentability.”
  • IAM Patent 1000 2015: “with Jonathan Radcliffe patrons … find there is plenty of contentious horsepower on hand to harness.”
  • Chambers Global and Chambers UK 2014: “Jonathan Radcliffe has an excellent reputation amongst peers and clients alike as a “very clever and able litigator” who takes a seamless approach to delivery. He is primarily a patent litigator, although he also undertakes trade mark work”.
  • IAM Patent 1000 2014: “On the contentious side, Jonathan Radcliffe [has] been building up a head of steam of late. [He is] known for [his] practical approach to patent disputes – [he] ensures that the resolution process is never unnecessarily protracted at the client’s expense.”
  • Chambers Global and Chambers UK 2013: "Years of experience as a big-ticket patent litigation specialist.”
  • IAM Patent 1000 2013: “top-notch practice ... characterised by complex, cross-border litigation"
  • Chambers Global and Chambers UK 2012: Jonathan Radcliffe is “well regarded … [and] deemed a sharp patent litigator who has been heavily engaged in US-focused work”; and is "communicative, thorough and helpful".
  • Legal 500 UK 2011: "Responsive and savvy to business realities".
  • Chambers UK 2011: "exceptionally effective at managing the litigation process and great at minimising costs", and as "clever and competent, and gives sound commercial advice".
  • Chambers UK 2010: "provide[s] strategic and creative advice whilst also ensuring [his] team is able to meet client demands".
  • Chambers UK 2009: "responsive and gets great results".

Professional Affiliations

  • Associate of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents (CIPA)
  • Associate of the Institute of Trade Mark Agents (ITMA)
  • Member of the International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI)
  • Member of the United Kingdom Department of Trade & Industry official delegation to the BioMed conference 2009

Interests

  • Member of the Editorial Board of US journal IP Litigator
  • Associate of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents
  • Associate of the Institute of Trade Mark Agents
  • Member of the International Trademarks Association (INTA)
  • Member of the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI)
  • Member of the United Kingdom Department of Trade & Industry official delegation to the BioMed conference 2009

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