Geoff Hussey

Partner, Solicitor

A.A. Thornton & Co

Geoff Hussey, solicitor

Geoff Hussey is a Partner and Solicitor whose main practice areas are IP litigation, and Commercial IP. His experience includes acting for a broad range of clients in many sectors including life sciences, electronics, telecoms, chemicals, aviation, food & beverages and financial services.

Practice areas

  • Patent litigation
  • Trade Mark litigation
  • Copyright and design litigation
  • IP transactions, ownership & licensing

Geoff’s IP litigation practice relates to all forms of intellectual property and a wide range of industries.


He has extensive experience in patent litigation before the UK Patents Court and in patent oppositions. His contentious patent experience spans all sectors including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, chemicals and electronics. He regularly provides patent validity, infringement and freedom to operate opinions.

Trade Marks, Copyright and Designs

His contentious trade mark experience also includes passing off, reverse passing off and disputes involving trade mark licences. He has experience in relation to disputes concerning contractual arrangements involving IP and copyright, design right and confidential information disputes.

Commercial IP

He also advises on non-contentious intellectual property matters including setting up and implementing IP licensing and ownership structures, IP due diligence, IP audits and brand management.

Professional memberships

  • Member of The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

Notable cases

  • ConvaTec v Smith & Nephew (injunction damages enquiry)
  • Smith & Nephew v ConvaTec (gel-forming silverised wound dressings; patent validity, infringement and EPO opposition actions)
  • EMI v BSkyB (NOW TV; trade mark infringement)
  • Menicon v Coopervision (contact lenses; patent opposition)
  • easyGroup v easyJet (airline brand licence dispute)
  • Nokia v IPCom (mobile phones; patent revocation action)
  • InterDigital v Nokia (mobile phones; standard essentiality / infringement actions)
  • LG v Sony (blu-ray, DVD and TV; patent infringement and entitlement)
  • ScanSafe v MessageLabs and Star Technologies (internet scanning software; reverse passing off, breach of confidence and contract)
  • GE Healthcare v PerkinElmer (scintillation proximity assays; patent revocation and entitlement)
  • Nikken v Pioneer (drill chucks; patent claim amendment)
  • Navitaire v easyJet (airline booking system; copyright)


Geoff joined Field Fisher Waterhouse in 2003 where he trained and qualified into their IP department as a solicitor in 2005. He joined Bird & Bird’s IP department in 2007, and left to join A.A. Thornton & Co. as a Partner in May 2016.


  • BSc Human Genetics, Nottingham University
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Law and LPC, Nottingham Law School
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol
  • Solicitor in England & Wales

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    The Legal 500 2017 edition has now been published and we are delighted that the firm has once again been ranked as a leading firm for both patents and trade marks, and that our level of service was recognised as “outstanding”.   The editorial sections for each of our entries in the directory are reproduced below:  “A.A. Thornton & Co.’s level… Read more »

  • INTA is over for another year..

    This year, A.A. Thornton & Co. sent a large team to represent the firm at the INTA 139th Annual Meeting, at Barcelona in Spain from 20-24 May 2017. Partners Ian Gill, Vanessa Lawrence, Rachel Havard, Geoff Hussey and Emily Cottrill attended the conference, as well as Registered Trade Mark Attorneys Louise Foster, Nidhi Mukhuty, Suzanne Power, Sarah… Read more »

  • The UK is leaving the European Union…so what now for IP rights in Europe?

    On 23 June 2016, the UK carried out a referendum on its membership of the European Union (EU), and the public’s decision was that the UK should leave the EU. This note is to answer some of the initial questions that arise and to provide an update on the likely consequences. The first point to… Read more »

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  • 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 »

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    Litigation partner Geoff Hussey and Electrical Patents partner Mike Jennings, members of A.A. Thornton’s UP/UPC working group, attended the EPO’s annual conference in Munich on 5 July 2017, discussing the preparation of the European patent with unitary effect (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC). EPO President Benoît Battistelli mentioned the new Quality Working Group… Read more »

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