Alex Bone

Senior Associate, Patent Attorney

A.A. Thornton & Co

Alex Bone is a UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney in the Engineering, Physics and Mechanical devices department. Alex has specialist expertise in gas & oil exploration, medical devices, food packaging and automotive parts.

Practice areas


Patents: Engineering, Physics & Mechanical devices

Core responsibilities


  • Advising on patentability of inventions
  • Drafting patent applications for new inventions
  • Prosecution of patent applications in countries around the world
  • Representing Clients in person at hearings before the European Patent Office
  • Preparing and filing applications to register designs
  • Advising on freedom to operate for new products
  • Patent portfolio management
  • IP due diligence

 Career


  • Alex began his patent career in 2000 working in a private practice in Suffolk where he trained and qualified as a UK Chartered and European patent attorney
  • Alex moved to an in-house role with pharmaceutical company Novartis focusing on medical devices and packaging in 2006
  • He joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in July 2014 and was promoted to Senior Associate,  in July 2016.

Industry sectors


  • Gas and oil exploration
  • Medical devices
  • Food packaging
  • Power tools
  • Automotive parts
  • Heating

Qualifications


  • MA and MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Qualified as a European patent attorney in 2004
  • Qualified as a UK chartered patent attorney in 2004

Professional memberships


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the European Patent Institute (EPI)

Related News


  • FDA clears adherence monitoring inhalation device

    US approval for an inhaler monitoring device Patent Attorney and member of our Medical Devices Industry Team, Alex Bone, reflects on a decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve an adherence monitoring inhalation device for use in the US. “During previous employment at Novartis I looked at various medical devices for… Read more »

  • Representatives of our Automotive group attend the London Motor Show

    Automotive patent attorneys Stuart Greenwood and Nikesh Patel attended the  Confused.com London Motor Show at Battersea Park on Friday 5 May 2017. They spent the day viewing over 150 vehicles, meeting motoring legends, and catching up on the latest tech innovations. Highlights included learning about cars being designed using virtual reality and speaking to the ‘Stop the crash’ representatives… Read more »

  • Top of the Tiers

    A.A. Thornton & Co. has been confirmed a “Top Tier” firm for patents in the Legal 500 UK

Related Events


  • Standard Chartered Great City Race 2017

    Team 2017.  Back: Anna Sheridan, Adrian Bennett, Chris Burnett, Geoff Hussey, Stuart Greenwood, Alex Bone Middle:Hannah Bettles, Varuni Paranavitane, Emma Lau Front: Vanessa King   On Monday 24 July, A. A. Thornton & Co. took part in the Standard Chartered Great City Race, raising money for the charity “Seeing is believing”, a global initiative to… Read more »

  • Representatives of our Automotive group attend the London Motor Show

    Automotive patent attorneys Stuart Greenwood and Nikesh Patel attended the  Confused.com London Motor Show at Battersea Park on Friday 5 May 2017. They spent the day viewing over 150 vehicles, meeting motoring legends, and catching up on the latest tech innovations. Highlights included learning about cars being designed using virtual reality and speaking to the ‘Stop the crash’ representatives… Read more »

Related Publications


  • FDA clears adherence monitoring inhalation device

    US approval for an inhaler monitoring device Patent Attorney and member of our Medical Devices Industry Team, Alex Bone, reflects on a decision by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to approve an adherence monitoring inhalation device for use in the US. “During previous employment at Novartis I looked at various medical devices for… Read more »

  • An ethical victory at the EPO in the coffee war

    Ethical Coffee Company (ECC) has won the latest skirmish in the protracted war surrounding capsule based coffee sales.