Jason Raeburn is a Partner in the London office of Paul Hastings and heads up our London intellectual property and technology litigation practice.
Jason's practice has a particular focus on complex technology disputes, often relating to trade secrets, patents and copyright in the fields of software development and licensing, cloud, life sciences, and AI-related implementations. His practice also encompasses IP crossover issues involving breach of contract, contractual interpretation, IT infrastructure, the misuse of data, and reputational threats.
Mr. Raeburn sits part-time as a judge in the English High Court, as a Deputy Master of the Chancery Division, and as a Judge of the First-Tier Tribunal, hearing specialist appeals.
He is the General Editor of "The Civil Court Practice" (the "Green Book") – the indispensable authority on jurisdiction and procedure in the civil courts of England & Wales for practitioners, judiciary and litigants in person.
Clients comment that his "litigation expertise is exceptional" and his "advice is always considered and pragmatic", that he is "always a pleasure to deal with and very responsive" – Legal 500 (2022), that he has "a tremendous depth of knowledge in IP and technology law", has an "ability to master complex situations, advise calmly – both across legal and the business", and is an "absolute star".
Jason was recognised by Who's Who Legal as a "Future Leader" in Litigation (2020, 2021) having been identified as one of "the most promising litigators in the world, whose skills and expertise are already turning heads at an international level". Legal 500 describes him as "one to watch" as a next generation partner, a "stand out name" for TMT and a key lawyer for intellectual property and high value IT and software disputes. Jason has also featured in Managing Intellectual Property as an "IP Star" (a ranking for notable intellectual property practitioners), in Best Lawyers as “One to Watch" (2022, 2023), and was shortlisted as a rising star in the British Black Business Awards (2021) and the British Legal Awards (2020).
- Named a 'Next Generation Partner' for TMT - The Legal 500 UK 2023
- the Legal 500: Rising Star – TMT:
- "stand out name" for TMT and a key lawyer for high value IT and software disputes.
- Who's Who Legal: Future Leader, Litigation 2020, 2021: Identified as one of "the most promising litigators in the world, whose skills and expertise are already turning heads at an international level".
- BBBA: Rising Stars Finalist: 2021
- Managing Intellectual Property: "IP Star"
- British Legal Awards 2020: "Rising Star" in Private Practice, shortlisted
- Law Society Excellence Awards 2018: Solicitor-Advocate of the Year, shortlisted
- England & Wales (Solicitor), United Kingdom
- Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts, Civil Proceedings), United Kingdom
- Oxford University (2014)
- University of Bristol (LLB, (Hons) (2009)
- Representing an appellant challenging an injunction restricting the use and disclosure of trade secrets before the Court of Appeal (Civil Division).
- Advising on complex IP subsistence and infringement issues related to access to data for machine learning and the outputs of model training.
- Conducting examination in chief and cross-examination of witnesses in confidential proceedings under the Evidence (Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions) Act 1975 obtaining evidence for use in high value patent trials.
- Representing an appellant in a trade mark appeal relating to the UK IPO and relief from sanctions before the Court of Appeal (Civil Division).
- Representing a copyright owner in its claim against a publisher for infringement before the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court, raising complex issues under the Limitation Act 1980 and international acts of infringement by way of authorisation.
- Representing an international technology manufacturer against a patent assertion entity seeking to assert its standard essential patents over the manufacturer's products and customers.
- Representing an international oil services company in its pursuit of a supplier for patent infringement and breach of contract in the High Court (Technology and Construction Court).
- Providing a legal opinion for use in the Supreme Court of Norway on copyright in music broadcasts.
- Advising technology companies on online copyright issues in connection with new product launches and infringement / litigation risks.
- Negotiating licensing arrangements in relation to the acquisition and exploitation of novel software.
Engagement & Publications
- Lead Tutor and Lecturer, English Law and Litigation - JDD Consultants - CIPA Patent Examination Board Qualifications
Publications relating to IP and technology law:
- Author, 'IPM Year in review: Jason Raeburn on UK IP developments in 2020 and the outlook for 2021,' Intellectual Property Magazine, 2020
- Author, 'Unsupervised Learning: AI's dream = a lawyer's nightmare?,' Lexology, 2020
- Author, 'Vulnerable AI systems and trade secrets - is technology moving the goal posts for legal protection?,' Lexology, 2020
- Author, 'The Digital Looking Glass: Insights from the European Commission's White Paper on AI,' 2020
- Author, 'Advocacy in an alternative environment – Foreign requests for evidence – Some useful reminders,' SAHCA, 2019
- Author, 'Sterling on World Copyright Law,' 7th Ed. (Hardback), Sweet & Maxwell, 2018
- Law Society of England and Wales
- Society for Computers & Law (SCL)
- Committee Member of the Solicitor's Association of Higher Court Advocates (2016 - 2019)
- Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court - Pro Bono Advocacy Officer (under the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Pro Bono Scheme)