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 ranked in WTR 1000 2021

AA Thornton ranked in WTR 1000 2021 We are delighted to announce that our Trade Mark team has been ranked in WTR 1000 2021 in the silver banding, having attracted ‘extensive feedback’ and are noted as being ‘renowned for [our] top-end work’. Additionally, partner Ian Gill has been ranked again as a one of the… Read more »


Partner Mike Jennings is reappointed to SACEPO

We are delighted that Partner Mike Jennings has been appointed by the EPO President to continue his contributions to the SACEPO Working Party on Quality for another 3 years. What is SACEPO? The Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO) was formed in 1978. Its aim was to give “interested circles” a say… Read more »


UK IPO unveils new scheme for protecting Geographical Indications in the UK

UK IPO unveils new scheme for protecting Geographical Indications in the UK Until now, Geographical Indications (GIs) have been protected in the UK via protection afforded under EU law, but this scheme ceased to cover the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period. It has now been confirmed that GIs will be protected… Read more »


Latest Insights


Lack of enablement in Amgen v Sanofi and Regeneron

Amgen v Sanofi and Regeneron: Broad antibody patents held invalid for lack of enablement in US Lack of enablement: A conclusion of lack of enablement means that the disclosure provided in the patent specification, at the time the application was filed, would not have taught one skilled in the art how to make and/or use the full… Read more »


What’s cooking? Tefal gets red light for the ‘red spot’

Things got heated in a recent trade mark case where the UK Intellectual Property Office refused to grant protection to Tefal for it’s so-called ‘Famous Red Spot’. The decision for this case can be read here. Background on the Tefal mark  In 2018, Tefal filed an application to register its ‘red dot’ as a trade… Read more »


Patenting in the Pandemic

Partner Dr. Lawrence King reflects on Patenting in the Pandemic and the importance of locking down innovation in troubled times in this article, first published in The Chemical Engineer. The importance of locking down innovation in troubled times TO MOST, A Poor Man’s Tale of a Patent, published in October 1850, remains one of Charles Dickens’ lesser-known… Read more »