University of Richmond School of Law
While working at large law firms in London and New York, Jonathan Muenkel was involved in a number of complex patent litigations, including one that resulted in a successful summary judgment ruling upheld on appeal, and that further developed U.S. patent law. One of Muenkel’s most meaningful cases did not involve intellectual property law at all, but rather was a matter brought under the Hague Convention Treaty on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, in which he obtained a favorable Federal Court judgment reuniting his British client with her two young boys wrongfully held in the United States.
Muenkel has been practicing Intellectual Property Law for more than 15 years, with an initial focus on IP litigation. In 2013, he moved to San Diego to work in-house with Life Technologies as IP counsel, prior to their acquisition by Thermo Fisher Scientific. In 2014, Muenkel co-founded Torrey Pines Law Group, a firm focused on providing legal services in all areas of intellectual property, including IP strategy and development, IP transactions and licensing, and IP litigation and dispute resolution. Muenkel has built up his practice, and now represents multiple clients in a variety of industries on IP and non-IP matters.
Muenkel has been active in the American Bar Association IP Section’s leadership for many years. In August 2015, he will act as chairman of the Section’s Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Division. He is also an active member of the North County Bar Association, the Southern District of California Pro Bono Panel, and a volunteer attorney for the Casa Cornelia Law Center, which deals with asylum and immigration matters.
Muenkel has a love for dogs and has spent time volunteering with local animal shelters, and for six years with a program in New York City called Puppies Behind Bars that raises service dogs for wounded war veterans.
When not practicing law, Muenkel enjoys traveling, staying healthy and active, and is particularly interested in triathlons. Upon starting Torrey Pines Law Group, he sought to merge this passion with his profession, and routinely assists clients who operate in San Diego’s sports and active lifestyle and action sports industries.
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