Jonathan D. Brit is a partner in the intellectual property group of Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s New York office. His practice focuses on patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, and counseling.

Jonathan represents clients at the Federal Circuit, in Federal District Courts, the International Trade Commission, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His practice spans a wide range of technological fields, including software, computer systems, manufacturing equipment and processes, mechanical arts, and business methods. His litigation experience includes jury and bench trials, ITC evidentiary hearings, Markman hearings, summary judgment proceedings, and all aspects of fact and expert discovery.

Jonathan also maintains an active pro bono practice. Most recently he has represented individuals in federal district courts in civil matters relating to First Amendment, discrimination, and human rights. He has also represented individuals in immigration matters before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). Jonathan currently serves as the University of California Scholarship Committee Chair for the North Central Region of California and is an active volunteer and mentor with the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.


Thought Leadership


“Limited Deference Owed USPTO After High Court Kisor Ruling,” Law360, June 2019

“A Groundswell of Support for Strengthening Patent Rights,” New York Law Journal, Volume 261, No. 98, May 2019

“The IoT and Intellectual Property, Chapter 16, The Internet of Things: Legal Issues, Policy, and Practical Strategies,” ABA Publishing, March 2019

“Aatrix, Berkheimer and the Future of Patent Eligibility,” Law360, September 2018

“Broadest Reasonable Interpretation v. Broadest Possible Interpretation,” Baker Botts PTAB Trials Blog, November 2017

“Making Patents Great Again?,” Intellectual Property Magazine, June 2017

“President Trump and IP: Making Patents Great Again?,” Thomson Reuters Expert Analysis, May 2017

“Where is Wonderland? China May Eliminate Hurdles to Software and Business Method Patents,” Baker Botts Intellectual Property Report, February 2017


Rising Star, New York Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2018–2021

Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers, 2022

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association – Federal Circuit Committee, Trial and Appellate Rules and Procedure Committee, and the Subcommittee on Section 101

New York Intellectual Property Law Association

Scholarship Committee Chair for the North Central Region of California, University of California


Admissions & Qualifications

  • 2015, New York
  • 2016, District of Columbia
  • Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of LawJ.D.2014

    Dean's Highest Honors

    Chief Marketing Editor, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution

    CALI Award, Legal Writing and Analysis & Patent Prosecution

  • University of California, Los AngelesB.S., Aerospace Engineering2009

    UC Honor Student

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