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 Events

  • 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 »