Jonathan Knight, PhD

Senior Associate

Jonathan Knight is a senior associate with extensive patent litigation, ITC and patent counseling experience. In particular, his practice includes development of invalidity contentions, defending infringement contentions, taking depositions, analysis of accused products and technical documents, and steering technical expert and source code discovery. He also represents parties in inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, engaging in all phases of IPR trials, including oral arguments, development of petitions and responses, handling unique additional discovery and briefing issues, and depositions. His work in both litigation and post-grant practice has spanned a broad range of technology fields, including wind turbine technology, video encoding, video streaming and mobile check deposit systems.

His patent counseling practice builds upon his prior experience as a research chemical engineer and finance professional, helping 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.

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 (ABLs) and private investments in public companies (PIPEs).

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.



    • General Electric Company et al v. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S, IPR2021-00722 challenging U.S. Patent No. 9,279,413 (Offshore wind turbine technology)
    • Lenovo (United States) Inc. v. Nokia Technologies Oy, IPR2020-01096 challenging U.S. Patent No. 7,263,125 (H.264-related)
    • PNC Bank, NA v. United Services Automobile Association, IPR2021-01070, -01073 challenging U.S. Patent Nos. 8,977,571 and 8,699,779 (Mobile check capture technologies)
    • Unified Patents, LLC v. Ideahub, Inc., IPR2020-01338 challenging U.S. Patent No. 8,645,562 (Adaptive streaming technology)
    • Unified Patents, LLC v. Velos Media, LLC, IPR2019-00194, -00635, -00707, -00710 challenging U.S. Patent Nos. 9,338,449, 8,767,824, 9,979,981, and 8,964,849 (Video compression technologies)

    • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy A/S v. General Electric Co.; 1:21-cv-10216 (DMA) involving U.S. Patent Nos. 9,279,413 and 8,575,776 (wind turbine-related patents)
    • United Services Automobile Association v. PNC Bank N.A.; 2:21-cv-00246 (EDTX) involving U.S. Patent Nos. 10,402,638, 10,769,598, and 9,224,136 (bank-related patents)
    • United Services Automobile Association v. BBVA USA; 2:21-cv-00311 (EDTX) involving U.S. Patent Nos. 10,482,432, 10,621,559, 8,699,779, 8,977,571, 10,013,605, and 10,013,681 (bank-related patents)
    • Certain Electronic Devices, Including Computers, Tablet Computers, and Components and Modules Thereof; Investigation No. 337-TA-1208 involving U.S. Patent Nos. 8,144,764, 7,532,808, 6,950,469, and 7,724,818 (H.264-related patents)


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  • 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

    • US Patent and Trademark Office