Jonathan Garner

Senior Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney

Jonathan joined EIP having spent 13 years in the IP department at Canon Europe. He has a strong technical and legal background in the computer-implemented inventions field and is adept at supporting the launch of new products through patent filing and clearance activities.

At Canon Jonathan was responsible for the management of work originating from Canon group companies located in Europe in technology areas including software for print servers, document management, and network video camera surveillance; cloud-based photo-sharing and point-of-sale terminals. He is skilled at coordinated international patent prosecution, negotiating with third party rights holders, and patent enforcement.

Jonathan has considerable experience in oral proceedings before the examining divisions and boards of appeal at the EPO and has experience of opposition proceedings, including leading a team of attorneys before the board of appeal.

Jonathan has a master’s degree in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Birmingham and completed IP Litigation and Advocacy courses at Nottingham Trent University where he was awarded the Hogarth Chambers prize for the highest mark. Since 2013 Jonathan has mentored students on the Masters in Management of Intellectual Property course at Queen Mary University of London.


  • Extensive patent drafting and prosecution experience in a wide range of technology including digital cameras, printers, wireless networks, image recognition, and video coding
  • Represented opponent during opposition proceedings before the Boards of Appeal

Published articles

  • May 2021
    Law in Sports, Broadcasting Tokyo 2020: How Modern Media Techniques Will Be Protected By IP Law (link)


  • Software
  • Inventions involving applied mathematics
  • Imaging technologies

Education and qualifications

Higher Courts Litigation Certificate, 2016

UK Patent Attorney, 2007

European Patent Attorney, 2005

  • 2015 — 2016
    IP litigation and Advocacy courses, Nottingham Trent University
  • 1997 — 2001
    MSci in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics, University of Birmingham

Career history

  • 2019 — present
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2006 — 2019
    Patent Manager, Patent Attorney, Canon Europe
  • 2001 — 2006
    Associate, FJ Cleveland

Awards and recognition

  • Hogarth Chambers prize for highest mark on Nottingham Trent University Litigation and Advocacy courses, 2016

Speaking engagements

  • 2017, 2018, 2019
    Management Forum, Patent protection for software-related inventions in Europe and the USA