It’s our people that make the difference

Our partners and attorneys are highly qualified and highly experienced to advise you in all areas of Intellectual Property law. We advise start-ups, SMEs, and multinational corporations and ensure that your inventions, brands and designs are expertly protected.

Our specialist teams cover a huge range of industries and technical fields, from automotive and aerospace and electronics and electrical engineering to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Services

At AA Thornton, we provide a comprehensive service offering to help you protect your Intellectual Property and maximise your assets. By combining the expertise of patent and trade mark attorneys, as well as solicitors within a single firm, we can offer you a customised comprehensive service.

International

Our clients range from multinational corporations, to SMEs, to individual inventors, across a broad spectrum of industries. Our client base is centred in the UK but covers many other parts of the globe, notably Europe, North America, India and the Far East. We also work for overseas attorneys and professional advisers, representing their clients’ Intellectual Property interests in the UK, Germany and Europe.

Latest News


AA Thornton share delight with Legal 500 2022 rankings

AA Thornton share delight with Legal 500 2022 rankings The Legal 500 2022 edition has now been published and we are thrilled that our practice areas have been recognised for their ‘excellent’ service.  Recommended as a top-tier firm in the Patents practice areas, the team have been described by our clients as ‘attentive‘, ‘dedicated‘ and… Read more »


HR/People Advisor (maternity cover)

HR/People Advisor (maternity cover) (must be available to join by early November at the latest) Central London / Agile Working Circa £36,000pa (tailored to experience)   About Us AA Thornton is a leading Intellectual Property (IP) law firm based in London. The firm has been established for over one hundred years and enjoys an enviable… Read more »


Innovate UK Smart Grants – Competition Opens!

Innovate UK Smart Grants – Competition Opens! Innovate UK are “the UK’s innovation agency” and are part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) which is a national funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. Their mission is to “drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential… Read more »


Latest Insights


AAT Insights – Court of Appeal confirms requirement for human inventor in ‘DABUS’ case

Court of Appeal confirms requirement for human inventor in ‘DABUS’ case   On 21 September 2021 the Court of Appeal handed down its decision in THALER v COMPTROLLER GENERAL concerning allowability of UK patents having an AI based machine known as DABUS (short for Device for the Autonomous Bootstrapping of Unified Sentience) listed as an inventor. A… Read more »


Exhausted? You’re not alone…! What next for parallel imports after Brexit?

Exhausted? You’re not alone…! What next for parallel imports after Brexit? This article was first written by our experts Ian Gill and Suzanne Power for PTMG’s Law Lore & Practice Newsletter   Background 1 January 2021 marked the start of a new era for the United Kingdom and European Union. On that date, some four… Read more »


Post Brexit – the final countdown …

Post Brexit – the final countdown … Don’t forget the 30 September 2021 deadline for filing comparable UK trade mark or design applications based on any EU trade marks or designs that were pending at the end of the Brexit transition period.  Since Brexit took effect this year, those rights will no longer cover the… Read more »