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Responsive, commercially-aware and astute, Jonathan Markham wins praise from clients for understanding their business needs, building trusted relationships and providing practical advice. Experienced in a wide range of technologies, from semiconductors to software, he is the partner responsible for Beck Greener’s new business IP initiative.

Expertise

An experienced patent attorney, Jonathan loves technology and innovation, and enjoys working with different clients, from inventors and SMEs to multinationals. Having started his career at Dyson, he is particularly interested in helping innovative and disruptive British technology firms to achieve their goals by harnessing their ingenuity and protecting their ideas. Jonathan also oversees our new business IP initiative, which offers free practical advice to individuals and businesses at an early stage in their IP journey.

Jon’s experience encompasses a wide range of technologies, including mechanical devices, semiconductors, electronics, telecommunications, computing and software, as well as medical imaging, consumer goods and AI. His sector knowledge is equally broad, though he is especially well known for his comprehensive understanding of the optoelectronic, automotive and aeronautical industries, where his familiarity with advanced vehicle technology and low carbon transport is particularly notable. Jon is aided by a background in physics; the research for his PhD, which was commercially sponsored, related to novel organic semiconductors for organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs).

Clients repeatedly praise Jon’s pragmatism, and value the “close working relationship” he builds with their businesses, his high service standards and the great level of detail that goes into his reports. Whether he is working with an individual inventor or SME, or a world-leading multinational, his approach is always the same – to grasp their business drivers and tailor his advice accordingly. Jon provides a full range of patent services, including offering robust commercial advice on all aspects of patent protection, as well as drafting patent applications and prosecuting them worldwide.

Always firmly at the forefront of thought leadership in the sector, Jon, together with his colleagues Anna Hatt and John Hull, contributes to the CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts, the standard reference text for UK patent attorneys, and presents a series of nationwide seminars on UK case law and practice to lawyers, patent examiners and other intellectual property professionals.

"Jon Markham is able to understand my business requirements from an IP perspective, budgetary limitations and suggest how to maximize protection for my designs within this context."

Recommendations

Jonathan is recommended in The Legal 500 UK, 2020 and 2021 Editions.
“Jon Markham… [is] highly engaged with our business, and [has] a good understanding of our products and marketplace along with our expectations of service. Formal reporting is highly detailed and supported by discussions as and when required.”
Client testimonial, Legal 500 UK 2021

“Jon is able to understand my business requirements from an IP perspective, budgetary limitations and suggest how to maximize protection for my designs within this context.”
Client testimonial, Legal 500 UK 2020

Qualifications and memberships

  • European Design Attorney 2018
  • European Patent Attorney 2008
  • Chartered Patent Attorney 2007
  • PhD, Organic Electronics, University of St Andrews 2004
  • MSci (Hons) Physics, Durham University 2000
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patents Attorneys (CIPA)

Awards

The Legal 500 UK, 2022, Individual

Career

Jonathan joined Beck Greener in 2009, having formerly worked in-house for Dyson.

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