Leading global law firm Mayer Brown announced the hire of Jonathan Radcliffe to the London office to strengthen the Intellectual Property  group. Jonathan joins from Nabarro on 1 August.

Jonathan has practiced exclusively in the Intellectual Property field for over 24 years with primary expertise in patent and IP litigation. He has acted  on a wide range of technologies, with a particular focus on cases with a high scientific/technological content in the pharmaceutical, life sciences and high-tech sectors.

Jonathan, who has worked in London, New York and Abu Dhabi, has been involved in a number of leading cases in the IP field on matters such as the patentability of software, obviousness, importation as an act of infringement under the Patents Act, the trade mark classification system, and the registerability of shape trade marks. He 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 House of Lords.

Jonathan's appointment adds further depth to the firm's life sciences expertise in London, following the promotion of Sangeeta Puran to partner in the IP group earlier this year. Sangeeta focuses particularly on licensing and pipeline transactions in the life sciences sector.

His appointment also follows the recent appointment of five partners and eight associates in our Intellectual Property practice in Washington DC, Chicago and New York from the former Howrey firm.

Sean Connolly, senior partner at Mayer Brown in London, said: "Jonathan's appointment supports our commitment to continuing to invest in this important area both in London and globally- he is the eighth IP partner we have appointed globally in the last seven months."

Mark Prinsley, head of the Intellectual Property group at Mayer Brown in London, said: "We are extremely pleased to have Jonathan join our London IP team.  He brings years of top-level patent and IP litigation experience and bolsters our strength in the life sciences sector - an area of strategic focus for our IP practice."

Jonathan Radcliffe said:  "Patent litigation is increasingly becoming global in nature, with the same key issues being fought out from country to country, and clients increasingly expect their lawyers to represent them internationally in such disputes. I am delighted to be joining a law firm whose global IP practice offers significant opportunities to represent clients in this way."

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