Jonathan Garner

Managing Associate, UK and European Patent Attorney, Higher Courts Patent Litigator, UPC Representative

Jonathan Garner

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. Jonathan is well placed to advise clients on the new Unified Patent Court (UPC) - see further details at EIP Amar, our alliance created to support clients in any litigation before the UPC.

At EIP Jonathan has primarily been engaged with patent prosecution work before various patent offices for several large clients. He has gained significant experience working on inventions relating to machine learning and cryptography.

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, network video camera surveillance, and cloud-based photo-sharing.

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 machine learning, cryptography, digital cameras, printers, and wireless networks.
  • Acting for Canon during opposition proceedings before the Boards of Appeal leading to revocation of patent
  • Acting for Conversant Wireless Licensing S.a.r.l to defend a telecom standard related patent against multiple opponents before the EPO in cooperation with EIP’s German litigation team conducting parallel litigation

Published articles

  • March 2024
    EIP Updates, Technology and Climate change (link)
  • August 2023
    EIP Amar, Early statistics regarding interest in unitary patent protection (link)
  • May 2021
    Law in Sports, Broadcasting Tokyo 2020: How Modern Media Techniques Will Be Protected By IP Law (link)


  • Higher Courts Litigation Certificate, 2016
  • UK Chartered 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
  • UPC Rep

Career history

  • 2021 — present
    Managing Associate, EIP
  • 2019 — 2021
    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



  • Additive manufacturing
  • AI
  • Applied maths & cryptography
  • Applied physics
  • Consumer electronics
  • Medical imaging
  • Software
  • Video codecs


  • Additive manufacturing


  • Additive manufacturing
  • Medical imaging