Jonathan joined Dehns in 2015 after completing a PhD at the University of Bristol in the field of inorganic chemistry. Prior to this, Jonathan graduated from the University of Bristol with a first class MSci degree in Chemistry, during which he studied for a year at the Technical University of Munich in Germany.
What first attracted you to a career at Dehns?
The size, the reputation, and the emphasis on training. I wanted to be part of a large
firm with a good reputation which would enable me to work on a variety of cases.
What does a typical working week look like?
A typical working week will include responding to UK or European examination
reports, instructing overseas attorneys to respond to communications from foreign
Patent Offices, and drafting letters to clients to report on potential strategies going
forward. I have also been involved with oppositions and the drafting of new patent
Give us an idea of the range of clients you work with and the variety of technologies?
This is perhaps the aspect of the job which I enjoy the most. Firstly, there is a large
variety in the size of clients I work with; in a typical week I will work with university
academics, small to medium size companies and a large multinational polymer
corporation. Secondly, there is a great variety in terms of the fields of chemistry which I
am involved with. The areas I have been working on include polymer chemistry, materials science, solar cell technology, pharmaceuticals and diagnostic assays, to name a few.