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


Revision of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal

Stuart Greenwood summarises the revisions of the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal which will come into force on 1 January 2020 This article was updated on 15th August 2019. In an effort to “increase efficiency” the EPO’s Administrative Council recently approved amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal… Read more »


Promoting a career in ideas

AA Thornton team welcomes year 12 students into the world of IP This week we were delighted to welcome a group of year 12 students from St Marylebone School into our London office as part of our IP Inclusive initiative to raise the profile of the various careers in the Intellectual Property industry.  We spent… Read more »


TOC issue brand protection guidelines in relation to the 32nd Olympics in Tokyo 2020

Olympics Games organisers issue strict guidelines for Tokyo 2020 The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games (TOC) have issued brand protection guidelines in relation to the 32nd Summer Olympic Games next year.  A link to the document is set out below and the key elements to avoid are set out in the… Read more »


Latest Publications


Asahi Holdings UK Limited successfully defends mark SNOW GLOBE

Asahi’s recent success in obtaining a UK registration for the mark SNOW GLOBE despite opposition based on rights in SNOW.   Asahi Holdings UK Limited has successfully defended an opposition against its UK application for the mark SNOW GLOBE. At first glance, the decision may seem surprising to some, but it reinforces some fundamental and,… Read more »


CJEU clips Red Bull’s wings

In a disappointing end to the long running defence of its registrations for the colours blue and silver, Red Bull’s EU trade marks have finally been declared invalid. On 29 July 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) finally put an end to Red Bull’s five year battle to defend its EU… Read more »


New Patent Rules in Canada

New Patent Rules in Canada from 30 October 2019 Amendments published recently will bring Canadian Patent Rules into conformity with the Patent Law Treaty and thus into line with the majority of patent laws in force around the world. The full text of the revised rules can be found here.  A summary of the main… Read more »