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


Partner Ian Gill celebrates 25 years at AA Thornton

Partner Ian Gill reflects on spending 25 years at AA Thornton and his career in Intellectual Property.    If you can’t view the embedded article above, we have provided an accessible version below: A quick search on Google reveals that Gary Larson announced he was no longer doing the “Far Side” cartoons on 3 October… Read more »


AA Thornton are ranked in the Legal 500 2020

AA Thornton is ranked as a top tier firm The Legal 500 2020 edition has now been published and we are absolutely delighted to be recommended as a top-tier firm for our trade marks practice, which was described as “strong”, “dedicated” and an “excellent team of knowledgeable and genuinely good people”. We also remain highly recommended for our patents… Read more »


AA Thornton welcome two new Partners

AA Thornton appoint two new Partners in their Litigation Department The Partners of AA Thornton are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Spink and Dan Byrne, who recently joined the firm as Partners in the Litigation department. Commenting on the appointment, Geoff Hussey, Partner said: “I am absolutely delighted that such highly skilled and experienced… Read more »


Latest Insights


Stealthy first use of a mark prevails

Retail team member Sarah Neil reviews a recent UK IPO decision which assesses what kind of use is sufficient to make a party the ‘senior user’ of a mark. The matter started in early 2014 when ABP Technology Limited (“ABP”) developed a range of Virtual Reality headsets under the mark STEALTH VR and began promoting… Read more »


AAT Insights – Are chinese applicants gaming the system?

Partner and Retail team member Ian Gill gives a short insight into defending WowWee’s rights against Chinese applicants Visit our youtube channel for more videos like this. If you are unable to view the video above, below is an accessible version: Those with young children will likely have heard of Fingerlings, but for those who have… Read more »


ROCK CITY (Opposition), UK IPO, 1st July 2019

Senior Associate and Trade Mark Attorney Louise Foster reports on the ROCK CITY opposition in the October / November issue of the CITMA Review This article was first published in the October / November issue of the CITMA Review   O/363/19, ROCK CITY (Opposition), UK IPO, 1st July 2019 On 21st January 2015, White Outline… Read more »