JonathanKnight Ph.D.


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Dr. Jonathan Knight, a former finance professional, helps clients procure and exploit proprietary patent positions in fintech, computing, and chemical technologies. His clients include leading edge firms focused in cybersecurity, blockchain, internet-of-things, pharma, immunoassays, digital health, and green technology.

His practice includes domestic and international patent procurement, patent validity opinions, IP due diligence, licensing (including analysis of software GPL issues), and business counseling. He also has assisted with post-grant trial proceedings at the USPTO, patent infringement actions in federal courts, and opposition proceedings at the EPO.

Jonathan's doctoral thesis integrated computational chemistry tools in mathematical programming-guided design of chemical processes. As a research engineer, he developed a test reactor cooperatively configured with process simulation tools to assess scalability of cationic polymerization catalysts.

In finance, he developed proprietary valuation technology for leveraged mortgage arbitrage, heading a team of five Ph.D.s and more than a dozen software, database, and network professionals. Jonathan founded a firm that deployed capital in asset-backed structured finance (ABS), asset-based loans (ABL), and private investments in public companies (PIPE).


  • Quanterix expands IP strategy for next generation healthcare solutionsJones Day is providing intellectual property advice and guidance on patent strategy for advances in Quanterix Corporation's biomarker detection technologies.
  • Nephron targets better health care using smart contractsJones Day is providing intellectual property advice to Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation's blockchain venture that seeks to track outpatient compliance using next generation handheld drug delivery devices and digital ledger infrastructure.
  • HyTech Power develops patent strategy, enters into joint venture for automobiles with Joe Clark, co-founder of Aviation PartnersJones Day is assisting HyTech Power LLC in the development of their global patent strategy directed to engine performance and emissions abatement technology for off-road vehicles and on-road vehicles, which has led to a new joint venture with Joe Clark, the co-founder of Aviation Partners, Inc.
  • China UnionPay joins other major technology players in Open Invention Network communityJones Day assisted China UnionPay Co., Ltd.'s diligence on the Open Invention Network ("OIN") community's cross-licensing agreement, which creates a zone of patent nonaggression for certain core Linux kernel technology.
  • StealthPath develops cybersecurity technology for blockchain applicationsJones Day is advising StealthPath, Inc. on developing its patent portfolio directed to cybersecurity technology for distributed ledger and blockchain applications, with a focus in fintech.
  • Ensyn Renewables establishes technology to convert biomass residue to biocrudeJones Day represents Ensyn Renewables, Inc. in strategically developing its international patent portfolio directed to diverse innovations including catalytically cracking renewable fuel oil and petroleum and thermally processing biomass residues for use in heating systems.
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals expands nebulizer product offeringsJones Day is providing intellectual property advice to Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corporation to assist the leaders in blow-fill-seal technology in delivering better nebulizer products to healthcare patients.
  • TGR BioSciences executes patent strategy facilitating successful merger with SygnisJones Day developed and executed the patent strategy to support TGR BioSciences Pty Ltd's immunoassay technology in its merger with Sygnis AG.
  • StealthPath develops patent portfolio to secure their cybersecurity IP assetsJones Day is providing intellectual property advice and guidance on patent strategy and portfolio development to support StealthPath, Inc., a high-value cybersecurity startup.
  • Turnbridge Capital invests in Gradiant Energy ServicesJones Day advised Turnbridge Capital, LLC in connection with its investment in Gradiant Energy Services, a provider of integrated water management solutions to the energy industry.
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