Jonathan Ball

Head of Risk Advisory, Europe, Middle East and Asia
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Jonathan Ball

Jonathan Ball



Jonathan Ball is an intellectual property and technology disputes lawyer based in London. He is also Head of Risk Advisory for Europe, Middle East and Asia.

He handles the full range of contentious intellectual property matters, including patents, trade marks, copyright, designs and confidential information.

Jonathan has particular experience of handling major patent litigation, often multi-jurisdictional, in various industry sectors, including electronics, pharmaceuticals/life sciences and engineering. Representative cases include: IPCom v HTC and Brightpoint (3G Mobile); Koninklijke Philips, France Telecom and ors v SanDisk Corp (mp3 patents); Qual-Chem v Corus (steel-making); Baxter Healthcare v Abbott Laboratories (sevoflurane); Lilly Icos v Pfizer (2nd medical use for PDE inhibitors, including Viagra).

Recent non-patent cases include: 3i Infotech v Royal Bank of Scotland (software); Nanjing Auto v MG Sports & Racing (trade marks); Televisión Autonómica Valenciana v Imagina Contenidos Audiovisules (Formula 1 broadcast rights); and ReachLocal vs YODA and others (on-line/social media based defamation, including securing interim injunctive relief).

Jonathan also advises on contentious IT matters, patent and technology licensing, related transactional issues and on research and collaborations. He also advises on complex data privacy matters such as contentious subject access requests and data breach response. Jonathan is a highly experienced 'breach coach', assisting major companies and financial institutions, and their insurers, manage their response to major cyber incidents.

Jonathan is ranked as a leading individual for Intellectual Property in Chambers and Partners 2016, where client comments have included that he “listens to what you're saying and reflects on it,” adding that “his written advice is very good.” Legal 500 2015 comments that Jonathan is “careful and user-friendly” and recommended for his work on contentious matters.

Jonathan has a first degree in biochemistry and worked as a forensic scientist for the London Metropolitan Police prior to becoming a lawyer. He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

He writes regularly for legal and industry journals and speaks at conferences on intellectual property and industry matters. Jonathan tutors on the University of Oxford Post Graduate Diploma in IP Law and Practice.

Jonathan is also the firm's trainee solicitor recruitment partner.

Professional experience

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  • Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales