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


Brexit update – 5 April 2019

Brexit update Friday 5 April 2019 After yet another rollercoaster week in British politics, further delay to the effective date of Brexit (the “withdrawal date”) is looking increasingly likely. Prime Minister May has written to the EU to request a delay until 30 June 2019, albeit with the proposal that the UK could still leave… Read more »


Adrian Bennett named new Partnership Chair at AA Thornton

New Partnership Chair Partner Adrian Bennett was appointed Partnership Chair on 1st April 2019 taking over from partner Ian Gill. Commenting on the appointment of Adrian Bennett to Partnership Chair, Ian Gill said: “The main objective of the Partnership Chair is to provide leadership and support to the management groups to deliver their objectives, and… Read more »


Canada joins the international trade mark system (Madrid System)

Canada to become 104th member of the international trade mark system On 17 June 2019 Canada will become the 104th member of the International trade mark system. As of this date, it will be possible to designate or subsequently designate Canada as part of your International trade mark. The change coincides with the introduction of… Read more »


Latest Publications


AAT Insights – Electric car innovation in patents

David Blair gives us a brief insight into the history of electric car innovation in relation to patents.     The automotive industry is currently in the midst of great strides in innovation and development in the fields of electric vehicles, connected cars and autonomous driving. It is not surprising that technological advancements in the… Read more »


Jet suit patent granted…but what’s new?

Gravity Industries Ltd have successfully patented a Jet Suit, but how is this a ‘new’ invention?   On 13 March 2019 the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) granted a patent (GB2559971) to a UK company, Gravity Industries Limited, for “A wearable flight system with propulsion assemblies worn on a user’s body”, otherwise known as a… Read more »


Patent protection of medical devices

Patent protection of medical devices – time for a rethink? This article was first published by Bio Science Today in March 2019   Introduction The duration of patent protection for medical devices is up to twenty years, as for any other type of device. Pharmaceuticals, on the other hand, may be entitled to an extended… Read more »