John Runeckles is Counsel in the firm’s London office and a member of the firm’s Government Contracts and Patent Litigation Practices. Mr. Runeckles is an intellectual property specialist who is also a leading authority on the defence industry and government contracts.
Before joining Jenner & Block in 2015, Mr. Runeckles worked for 16 years at a large London law firm, where he was responsible for the whole range of non- contentious and contentious IP work, including patent litigation, and for a range of both advisory and contentious work in relation to defence contracts. Mr. Runeckles, who spent his early career at the UK Ministry of Defence as an IP specialist and senior contracts officer, joined private practice in 1997 from BAE Systems where he headed up the IP and corporate commercial functions of Royal Ordnance PLC. Mr. Runeckles is a former chairman of the Economic and Legal Committee of the European Defence Industry Group (now called the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe), and of the Defence Issues Working Group, a UK defence trade association committee responsible for negotiating revisions to UK MOD’s standard contract conditions (DEFCONs). Mr. Runeckles is recognized as a leading expert on contracting with the Ministry of Defence and has lectured widely on defence contracts in the United Kingdom, mainland Europe and the United States.
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