John Raynor

Senior Partner

Expertise and Experience

John’s patent practice focuses primarily on the chemical and instrumentation sectors, with particular emphasis on polymers, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, and ceramics. He also acts for a number of major clients in relation to computer-related inventions. He maintains a significant portfolio of trade mark work, and is a regular attendee at international trade mark conferences.

John has been active for many years in running large patent and trade mark portfolios for large multinational corporations. He frequently appears for clients in hearings at the European Patent Office before the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal, both opposing third party patents, and defending against oppositions by third parties.

John’s extensive commercial experience and in-depth understanding of a wide range of technologies enable him to provide robust practical advice, which is greatly appreciated by his clients.

Although John’s academic qualifications are in chemistry, he has always had a keen interest in computing and electronics, and was the prime mover in Beck Greener's early adoption of new technology. This gives John a rare insight into the crucial technological overlap areas between chemistry and physics.

John has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 1984.


John is featured in The Legal 500 UK as a recommended lawyer and is noted as "working heavily in the chemical and instrumentation sectors."  A client stated that "I have worked with John Raynor and have been impressed with him. I would give him the highest marks based on his legal and technical skills as well as his professionalism."

Professional Qualifications

Chartered Patent Attorney 1978
European Patent Attorney 1978
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney 1990
European Trade Mark and Design Attorney 1996
Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

Academic Qualifications

MA (Oxon), Exeter College, University of Oxford 1974
Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry