A stream of recent rulings from both UK and EU courts has demonstrated how crucial evidence of trade mark use – or lack of such evidence – can be to determining…Read More
Jonathan Cornthwaite's Service Teams
- Intellectual Property & Commercial
- Information Technology
- Intellectual Property
- Data Protection Solicitors
- Competition Law
Jonathan Cornthwaite, who advises on commercial agreements, has ‘plenty of practical knowledge, and is an extremely nice person to deal with’.
Legal 500, 2013
Jonathan Cornthwaite is a 'charming, very professional, responsive and a thorough, excellent lawyer.’
Legal 500, 2009
Jonathan specialises in intellectual property law including copyright, trade marks, databases, designs, domain names and confidential information; information technology law, including the licensing of software; commercial law including e-commerce law; data protection law and UK and EU competition law, including in particular anti-competitive agreements and abuses of dominance.
- Making English legal history by winning the first-ever appeal against a decision of the Company Names Tribunal;
- Advising on the valuation of brand names in a high-profile celebrity divorce;
- Successfully defending a household-name client from regulatory accusations that it had engaged in anti-competitive practices;
- Advising on the head contract and sub-contracts required for the outsourcing to a client of a major Ministry of Defence project; and
- Advising a client on a major international data protection compliance project involving more than 30 countries on which a US $2b hive-off depended.
Jonathan has been a partner at Wedlake Bell since 1988, having qualified as a solicitor at a firm in Lincoln's Inn in 1979. He read Jurisprudence at the University of Oxford and holds an MA(Hons) in Medieval History and Law from the University of Cambridge. Jonathan regularly speaks on IP, IT and competition law including giving an annual lecture on copyright law at the University of Cambridge.
Jonathan is an Honorary Fellow of the Association of Fellows and Legal Scholars of the Centre for International Legal Studies, is a member of the Electronics, IT and E-commerce Committee of the Licensing Executives Society International (one of the world's largest IP organisations) and sits on the speaker panel of The Society for Computers and Law and on the E-Commerce Law Reports Journal editorial board.
Jonathan is a member of the Intellectual Property Lawyers' Organisation, the Society for Computers and Law, the Federation against Software Theft Legal Advisory Group, the Licensing Executives' Society, the Law Society's Competition Section, the British Spanish Law Association, and the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.
Jonathan speaks Spanish (fluent), Italian and French.
Jonathan writes regularly for a number of publications including Corporate Briefing and E-Commerce Law Report Journal. He is one of the principal contributing authors to the forthcoming new edition of A User's Guide to Copyright, (Bloomsbury Professional), the author of IP and the Internet (Monitor Press) and the editor of Marketing Law That Matters (Financial Times Pitmans). He is also the author of the UK chapter of The Internet: Laws and Regulatory Regime (Juris Publishing), the UK chapter of International Licensing (BNA International Inc) and the chapter on intellectual property law and competition law of Acquisitions and Investments (Globe Publishing Limited).
Articles & Comment
09 May, 2017 | Jonathan Cornthwaite
15 Mar, 2017 | Jonathan Cornthwaite
Businesses often complain that competition law is difficult to understand. There's a lot of truth in that. But some things are clear; and the stream of fines that…Read More
16 Jan, 2017 | Jonathan Cornthwaite
It has long been possible to seek the registration of (inter alia) “the shape of goods or of their packaging” as a trade mark both in the UK and in the rest of the…Read More
20 Oct, 2016 | Jonathan Cornthwaite
In what circumstances does the unauthorised posting of a hyperlink run the risk of infringing copyright? The question is an important one, for hyperlinks help the…Read More
19 Jul, 2016 | Jonathan Cornthwaite
Cricket and copyright rarely coincide, buy they did in the High Court earlier this Spring, when Mr Justice Arnold handed down a typically mammoth and meticulous…Read More