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 Partners ranked in the World Trade Mark Review 2020

Partners Ian and Vanessa are ranked in the 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review We are delighted to announce that Senior Partner Ian Gill and Consulting Attorney Vanessa Lawrence, have been, once again, recommended in the 2020 edition of the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, in the “prosecution and… Read more »


Skykick CJEU judgement brief summary

Skykick CJEU judgement brief summary   The CJEU has today answered the questions referred by the High Court of Justice England and Wales in the Sky v Skykick case (C-371/18), which were: 1. Can an EU trade mark or a national trade mark registered in a Member State be declared wholly or partially invalid on… Read more »


Brexit update: The dawn of a new era – Brexit becomes a reality

The dawn of a new era – Brexit becomes a reality   After completion of all necessary legislative stages in the UK, the EU Withdrawal Agreement has now been signed on behalf of the EU and by the UK Prime Minister.  All that remains is for the Agreement to be formally ratified by the European… Read more »


Latest Insights


BioScience Today article: Shanks v Unilever – An opening of the claim floodgates?

Solicitor Varuni Paranavitane writes for BioScience Today on the subject of Shanks v Unilever – An opening of the claim floodgates? This article was originally written for BioSciecne today, you can find Varuni’s article below, or read the full magazine here.   BACKGROUND In 2006 Professor Shanks claimed compensation under s40 of the Patents Act on… Read more »


Will Mercedes’ steering innovation send their drivers round the bend?

Automotive & Aerospace team member and motorsport enthusiast Alex Bone explains  ‘Dual Axis Steering’ and  and why some consider it to be controversial As if Formula 1 drivers didn’t already have their hands full with a steering wheel covered in buttons and switches, the Mercedes technical team have added a new function for the 2020… Read more »


Legal update – Sky v Skykick a closer analysis

Trade Mark attorneys Louise Foster and Sarah Darby report further on the Sky v Skykick case with a closer analysis The CJEU has handed down its answers to the questions referred by the High Court of Justice England and Wales in the Sky v Skykick case (C-371/18).   Brief background to the dispute Sky is… Read more »