Mike Jennings

Partner, Patent Attorney

A.A. Thornton & Co

Mike Jennings

Mike Jennings is a Partner and UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney in the Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT patents department. Mike has vast experience in patent prosecution, oppositions and appeals, with specialist expertise in physics-related technologies and computer-related inventions.

Practice areas


Patents: Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT

Core responsibilities


  • Patent protection, oppositions and advice for a range of technologies including electrical and computer-related inventions
  • Heads our Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT Patents Department
  • Member of the Marketing & Business Development Committee and Management Team

 Career


  • Mike began his patent career at one of the leading UK patent and trade mark firms in 1990.
  • He spent 2 years handling electrical patent work with Spruson & Ferguson in Sydney, Australia.
  • Mike gained several years industry experience as an in-house senior patent attorney for IBM in the UK handling invention reviews, patent drafting and prosecution and licensing.
  • He joined A.A.Thornton & Co in 2007 and became a Partner in 2008. He leads the Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT Patents team.

Personal


Greatest loves: family time, watersports, snowboarding

Industry sectors


  • Oil & gas
  • Electronics & electrical engineering
  • Control systems and instrumentation
  • Gas detection systems
  • Consumer electronics
  • IT & communications
  • Automotive & aerospace
  • Agriculture

 Qualifications


  • BSc Hons Physics, University of Bristol
  • Qualified as a European patent attorney
  • Qualified as a UK chartered patent attorney

Professional memberships


  • Member of Quality working group within Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the Computer Technology Committee of CIPA
  • Member of EPI, AIPPI, LES and HIPLA

Awards/ Accolades


  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK – “Mike Jennings is ‘able to solve even the most complex problems with ease’”
  • Personally appointed by EPO President to SACEPO Quality working group for 2017-2020, based on “recognised expertise”
  • Ranked in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2016

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Related News


  • AIPPI 2017- Partner Mike Jennings reports

    Pictured above: CIPA delegates meet IPTA council members Partner Mike Jennings has now returned from the AIPPI’s World Congress in Sydney. Whilst there, Mike contributed to the work of the AIPPI’s international study committee focussing on the need for harmonization of national laws relating to the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, including computer programs. After a… Read more »

  • A.A. Thornton & Co. ranked with ‘Leading Firm’ status in the Legal 500 2017

    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 »

  • Excellent discussions with industry at the Pat-Tech Exchange

    A.A.Thornton & Co patent attorneys Mike Jennings and Nikesh Patel attended the Pat-Tech Exchange event on the 6th – 7th June in Dublin. The event provided a great opportunity for knowledge sharing, taking account of the different perspectives of large multinationals and SMEs. Mike moderated a discussion of substantive patent law harmonisation and preparations for… Read more »

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  • AIPPI 2017- Partner Mike Jennings reports

    Pictured above: CIPA delegates meet IPTA council members Partner Mike Jennings has now returned from the AIPPI’s World Congress in Sydney. Whilst there, Mike contributed to the work of the AIPPI’s international study committee focussing on the need for harmonization of national laws relating to the patentability of computer-implemented inventions, including computer programs. After a… Read more »

  • Speaking at the AIPPI 2017 – World Congress

    Partner Mike Jennings will be representing the firm at the AIPPI 2017 World Intellectual Property Congress, in Sydney, Australia 14-17 October. Mike is a contributor to the AIPPI study group on Computer-Implemented Inventions, and will attend the study committee meeting on 14 October. As well as attending plenary sessions and meetings and seeing many old friends… Read more »

  • Discussing Europe-wide preparation for the Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC)

    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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