Knight_Jonathan

Jonathan Knight, PhD

Knight_Jonathan

Jonathan Knight, PhD

Senior Associate

Dr. Jonathan Knight, a former finance professional, helps clients procure and exploit proprietary patent positions in FinTech, computing and chemical technologies. His clients have included 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 assists with patent infringement actions in federal courts and post-grant trial proceedings at the USPTO.

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Dr. Knight was an associate at another firm in Washington DC and spent time working as a patent agent. Before entering the legal profession, Dr. Knight worked in finance developing proprietary valuation technology for leveraged mortgage arbitrage, heading a team of five PhDs and more than a dozen software, database and network professionals. Dr. Knight founded a firm that deployed capital in asset-backed structured finance (ABS), asset-based loans (ABL) and private investments in public companies (PIPE).

Dr. Knight'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.

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, George Washington University Law School, 2015

      With honors
    • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995

    • BS, Chemical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology, 1990

  • Admissions

    • District of Columbia

    • United States Patent and Trademark Office

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