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  • Jonathan Short is a “straightforward, clear thinking and pragmatic” attorney who is further praised by sources for his technical ability. - Chambers USA


  • J.D., William & Mary Law School
  • A.B., Bowdoin College, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Massachusetts

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association

New York Intellectual Property Law Association

Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

Bowdoin Alumni Schools and Interviewing Committee

Bowdoin Career Advisory Network

Jonathan Short

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  • T: 973.848.5394
    F: 973.297.3884
    • Four Gateway Center
      100 Mulberry St.
      Newark, NJ 07102

Intellectual property and technology are the lifeblood of business in the modern global economy. Mr. Short concentrates his practice in these areas, with a focus on litigation. Mr. Short represents clients in disputes relating to patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and trade secret infringement, as well as antitrust, unfair trade/business practices, cyberlaw and data privacy issues, false advertising and defamation. Mr. Short is dedicated to providing business-minded solutions to corporate clients, from startups to international market leaders.

Early counseling, careful drafting, and taking protective measures in the short term often help companies avoid expensive litigation in the long term. Mr. Short counsels clients on these issues, and regularly drafts and negotiates agreements relating to copyright, trademark and patent licensing, as well as visual art, contractor, vendor, services, marketing, distribution, confidentiality and non-disclosure, supply, and agency agreements for companies of all sizes. Additionally, Mr. Short prosecutes trademark applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which helps clients protect trademark rights and gives notice to would-be infringers.

The Internet is a breeding ground for infringement. Mr. Short represents clients in cyber-squatting and domain name disputes where infringers attempt to feed off the trademark owner’s valuable rights. Oftentimes clients choose to resolve these disputes through arbitrations under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, which is faster and more cost-effective than litigation in the U.S. Federal Courts.

Intellectual property and technology issues are often commingled with a company’s other legal matters. Mr. Short’s litigation practice therefore extends beyond intellectual property. He has investigated and successfully litigated several cutting edge cases related to the unlawful transmission of wireless text SPAM. Mr. Short also defended a large corporate client in a national digital technology class action involving, among other things, unfair competition claims under California law.

Data privacy is a headline-grabbing issue. Mr. Short drafted a white paper advising a client on data privacy issues for a multi-million dollar federal contract relating to data sharing with the government by the transportation industry. He also obtained temporary and permanent injunctive relief on behalf of a national wireless service provider against defendants involved in stealing customers’ personal information.

Mr. Short is a member of the firm’s Professional Personnel Committee. He has been recognized in Chambers USA through 2018, and in New Jersey Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star." Chambers is published by Chambers and Partners. Super Lawyers is published by Thomson Reuters. A description of their selection process can be found in the respective links above. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

Representative Matters

Litigated patent cases involving consumer electronics, flash memory products (including solid state drives (SSD), USB-based products, and SD (Secure Digital) and CF (CompactFlash) cards), variable speed pool pump products, athletic footwear, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, notification technology related to the transportation industry, and other goods. Such cases have been venued throughout the country, including the District of New Jersey, District of Delaware, Eastern District of Texas, Southern District of California, Eastern District of North Carolina, Middle District of North Carolina, Southern District of Florida, and the United States International Trade Commission.
Currently litigating an case in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in which violations of antitrust law have been alleged under a novel “product hopping” theory.
Litigated trademark infringement cases in various venues, including the Eastern District of New York to the Central District of California. These cases have involved trademarks relating to everything from stripe designs for footwear to back pocket stitching on designer jeans to financial products and services. Mr. Short has also successfully obtained the transfer of domain names for clients via arbitration proceedings under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP).
Litigated copyright infringement cases relating to products such as claim and risk management software and computer software for the real estate appraisal industry in various U.S. District Courts.


Data Privacy and Data Sharing Between Government and Industry: The Legal Landscape - Opportunities and Risks
Presentation to American Trucking Association Management Conference & Exhibition