Julie Barrett-Major

Consulting Attorney

A.A. Thornton & Co

With extensive in-house experience, Julie Barrett-Major brings a strong commercial and business strategy focus to the whole gamut of IP. Having been involved in the full range of IP, including patents, trademarks, utility models, designs and copyright, Julie takes an integrated approach to the protection and exploitation of a client’s innovations.

Practice areas

  • Patents: Chemistry, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals
  • Utility models
  • Trade Marks: pharmaceuticals strategy, creation, regulatory/registrability interface

Core responsibilities

  • Specification and  claim drafting, and their amendment
  • Advising on and undertaking global patent filing programmes
  • Opinion work – validity, infringement, entitlement, degree of protection afforded
  • Oral proceedings
  • Managing litigation (including US discovery proceedings)
  • Auditing organisations’ IP portfolios with a view to rationalising these intangible assets to fit financial and commercial objectives
  • Analysing licensing opportunities and undertaking due diligence work
  • Representing IP holders to venture capitalists/bankers


  • Julie began training in 1979 and qualified at Wellcome (now GSK), after which she moved to Sandoz (now Novartis) in Basel, Switzerland  Julie later worked for Merck & Co., Inc, including as Acting Head of the European Patent Department and became a member of the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)’s IP Committee. After a period in private practice, when her clients included Henkel and Revlon, Julie set up a consultancy specialising in providing in-house style patent services to pharmaceutical/biotech companies, when her direct clients included Boots, Pfizer, Reckitt Benckiser, ICI Paints (Akzo-Nobel), Johnson Matthey and Smith & Nephew.  Most recently, Julie founded and then directed the IP department at Norgine, a European specialty pharmaceutical company having a significant in- and out-licensing, venture capital, and late-stage clinical and commercial development focus.
  • Julie joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in May 2016 on a short term contract and accepted a permanent position as a Consulting Attorney in January 2017.

Industry sectors

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Life Sciences
  • Healthcare and nutriceuticals
  • Cosmetics and beauty care
  • Chemistry and chemical engineering fields
  • Medical devices
  • Automotive & aerospace
  • Oil & gas


  • BSc (Comb Hons) Business Administration & Chemistry, MA
  • Qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney (1981)
  • Qualified as a European Patent Attorney (1981)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the European Patents Institue (EPO)
  • Registered as a Representative of the EUIPO
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


  • Basic French, German and Italian

Related News

  • EPO & CIPA: no impact of Brexit on UK membership of EPO

    President of the European Patent Office, Benoît Battistelli, recently reiterated in a meeting with delegates from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) that “Brexit will have no impact on UK membership of the EPO” Battistelli went on to confirm that because the EPO is an independent international organisation (of which the UK is… Read more »

Related Events

  • PTMG Spring Conference

    Trade Mark Partner Rachel Havard and Consulting Patent Attorney Julie Barrett Major will represent the firm at the Spring Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group conference in Porto, Portugal from 18th – 20th March. PTMG is a not for profit organisation and their primary objective is to enable members to meet at regular intervals to consider problems… Read more »

  • 12th World Congress on Pharmaceutical Sciences and Innovations in Pharma Industry

    Consulting Patent Attorney Julie Barrett-Major and Trainee Patent Attorney Lucy O’Brien will attend the 12th World Congress on Pharmaceutical Sciences and Innovations in Pharma Industry on 26th and 27th of February 2018 in London. ‘The conference is a specially organized two day event which will provide a multi-channel communication platform that brings together both “producers”… Read more »

  • Speaking at the in-cosmetics formulation summit

    We are excited to announce that Consulting Patent Attorney and Healthcare and Beauty industry team member Julie Barrett-Major will be speaking at the in-cosmetics formulation summit on 26 October 2017. Julie’s long career history in this field lends itself to her topic of choice: “Patents – an excellent way of finding out about ‘new natural’ materials from… Read more »