James joined Bristows in 2002 and specialises in contentious IP matters. He has a breadth of experience in advising on patent disputes in the telecommunication, electronics, aeronautics and oil and gas fields. Other areas of James' practice include the interplay between IP and competition law and copyright infringement with an IT-focused subject matter. James is experienced in dealing with cross-border litigation in Europe, North America and Asia. He is closely involved with preparations for the UPC and leads a team in our well publicised UPC Moot designed to stress test the UPC procedures in a real-time framework.
James' doctorate in optoelectronics and general background in physics provides him with a firm understanding of highly technical issues. He is experienced in working with a diverse range of technical subject matter from 3G mobile telecommunications and optical data storage to immunoassay techniques and pharmaceuticals. James has advised on a number of high profile IP disputes, including acting for Aerotel in the Court of Appeal's ruling on patentability of business methods and software patents and for Philips in a successful patent claim in the field of human computer interaction and computer vision.
James is a qualified Solicitor-Advocate with full rights of audience before all of the UK’s civil courts. He is a member of AIPPI and CIPA.
- MSci Optoelectronics, University of St Andrews
- PhD Optoelectronics, University of St Andrews
- Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol
- Qualified 2002
- Partner 2011
- Leading Partner: Patent Litigation - UK Best Law Firms, Leaders League (2018)
- Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation - Chambers and Partners (2018/2017/2016/2015)
- Patents - Who's Who Legal (2018/2017/2016)
- Recommended Patent Litigator - Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars (2017)
- Intellectual Property - Legal 500 (2016)
- Patent Litigation - IAM Patent 1000 (2017/2016/2015)
James Boon "has a thorough grasp of telecommunications technologies and FRAND issues. Everything he does is of the highest quality and in line with agreed time and cost deadlines. On top of that, his communications are crystal clear.” - IAM Patent 1000 2018
James Boon represents companies in litigation concerning aeronautics, electronics, telecommunications and oil and gas technology. One interviewee says: "He is technically brilliant, super-clever, very strategic and has a loyal following of clients," adding: "He is a real asset to the practice." - Chambers and Partners 2018
"James Boon is a ‘very astute’ patent litigator, according to sources. He advises on hi-tech infringement disputes, often involving multiple jurisdictions.” - Chambers and Partners 2017
"James Boon, who has ‘a lot of fighting spirit’ and is defending PGS in a patent infringement claim brought by Electromagnetic Geo Services." - Legal 500 2016
"Boon is 'extremely competent in grasping the very intricate facts of any case' and led the team defending Petroleum GeoServices in a patent infringement suit with parallel proceedings in Norway." - IAM Patent 1000 2017
“James Boon routinely strikes the killer blow in electronics, aeronautics and oil and gas cases.” - IAM Patent 1000 2016
"James Boon is a litigator and solicitor advocate with experience handling complex multi-jurisdictional aerospace, oil and gas and hi-tech electronics patent disputes." - Chambers and Partners 2016