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


  • 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.


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


  • 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