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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.

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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.

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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.

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Iceland (country) v Iceland (supermarket) – the trade mark saga continues

Author: Anastasia Osipovich Iceland Foods Ltd is a UK retailer of frozen foods operating its Iceland stores in the UK and across Europe, including Ireland, Germany, Malta, Spain, Portugal as well as in [ahem] Iceland. The county of Iceland is known for its dramatic landscape, northern lights and volcanoes. A legal eruption between the UK… Read more »


CLE paper for IPO Annual Meeting – The luxury of consistent treatment of computer-implemented inventions

CLE paper for IPO Annual Meeting – The luxury of consistent treatment of computer-implemented inventions


Could a New High Revving Rotary Engine Really Take Off?

Author: Alex Bone Astron Aerospace (“Astron”) is seeking to build interest in its patented multi-fuel rotary engine design, the Omega One.  The company says that the Omega One can produce 160hp and 170 ft-lbs of torque from a package weighing less than 16kg.  The design is modular so that, if more power is required, Omega… Read more »


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CLE paper for IPO Annual Meeting – The luxury of consistent treatment of computer-implemented inventions

CLE paper for IPO Annual Meeting – The luxury of consistent treatment of computer-implemented inventions


When is a Cat not a Cat? When it’s a Caterpillar. Or a Tigercat. Or is it?

Author: Dan Byrne   Tigercat International Inc. (“Tigercat”) and Caterpillar Inc. (“Caterpillar”) have been in conflict in numerous countries around the world due to conflict arising between Tigercat’s name and Caterpillar Inc’s commonly used abbreviation “Cat”. Most recently, a dispute in the EU IPO has resulted in Tigercat losing an opposition for its application for… Read more »


IP and AI – UK Government publishes response to second consultation

Author: Fergus Brown   On 28 June 2022, the UKIPO published its response (here) addressing the second consultation on the interplay between artificial intelligence and intellectual property, which ran from October 2021 to January 2022. The consultation sought input on three specific areas: Copyright protection for computer-generated works (CGWs) without a human author; Licensing or… Read more »