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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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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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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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 »

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A.A. Thornton & Co. expand their IP litigation service offering and welcome associate Varuni Paranavitane into the team

A.A. Thornton & Co. are delighted to announce the appointment of Varuni Paranavitane, Solicitor, who recently joined the firm as an IP Litigation Associate. Varuni joins the firm’s IP Litigation department from Osborne Clarke. She has extensive litigation experience across a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, video games, medical devices and finance. Varuni has dealt with… Read more »

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CITMA Spring Conference 2017

Heather Donald, Senior Associate, will represent the firm at the CITMA Spring 2017 Conference at the Hilton Tower Bridge and Cutty Sark from 15-17 March 2017. Sessions will range from an expert panel of international attorneys providing their perspective on Brexit, to Hague and handbags with David Stone. Delegates will include international and UK-based Chartered Trade Mark… Read more »

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February Focus on China

Article 2 Chinese sub-classification system China adopts the Nice Classification of Goods and Services, but additionally uses a sub-classification system which is unique to China. In China, each of the Nice classes has been further divided into sub-classes of goods or services. The sub-classes are structured according to the features of the goods and services… Read more »

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Cupid’s arrow hits the mark: eHarmony succeed in opposing registration of “matchedharmony”

In a decision handed down on Friday 10 February 2017, the UK IPO refused an application of Robert Magill to register the mark “matchedharmony” in relation to “online dating via a website; dating services”.  The opposition was filed by A.A. Thornton & Co. on behalf of one of the leading providers of online dating services,… Read more »

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