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Jonathan counsels public and private companies on the full range of their business pursuits around the world, from sponsored research, intellectual property protection and early reference account deals to financing, joint ventures and sale. He advises on commercial and strategic transactions with leading telecommunications, electronics and software customers, focusing on technology licensing, open source software strategies, privacy, cloud implementation, app platforms, and e-commerce. For pharmaceutical and medical device makers, Jonathan crafts arrangements for sponsored research, patent licensing, material transfer and evaluation, design and manufacturing engagements, and pre-clinical and clinical trials.
Jonathan began his career as a competition attorney and advocate. He litigated antitrust matters for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and spent a half year with officials in Bucharest designing an enforcement framework to facilitate Romania's EU admission. Since captivating audiences there about the break up of "Ma Bell," he has continued to work on opening telecom markets -- he testified before Congress, appeared on Syrian television from Damascus, negotiated video chat apps with smart phone manufacturers, closed VoIP infrastructure deals from Lima to Lagos, helped colleagues in the line of duty get out of a Mexican jail and an Indian indictment, and otherwise addressed government officials across the globe.
Before joining Gesmer Updegrove, Jonathan represented global pharmaceutical companies and an array of ingenious ventures in Israel's high-tech and biotech sectors at one of the country’s most prominent firms, and served as Vice President Business Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary of a Massachusetts-based NASDAQ company doing business in over 120 countries. He was featured as a "Mover and Innovator" in Mass High Tech and among "40 Under 40" business and community leaders by Boston Business Journal.
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