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.


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.


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

The Financial Times – ‘Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms’ – 2021

AA Thornton recommended in The Financial Times – ‘Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms’ – 2021 We are delighted to share our team of patent experts have again been recognised as one of ‘Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms’ by The Financial Times! Thank you to our clients and contacts for taking part in the research, carried out… Read more »

Lexology – Getting the deal through (GTDT) – Patent Chapter

We have provided the UK patent chapter of Lexology Getting The Deal Through (GTDT), an online tool that allows you to directly compare law and regulation between jurisdictions. Partners Geoff Hussey, Dan Byrne, Craig Turner and Mike Jennings have provided clear answers to a range of questions posed by Lexology under headings that include Patent… Read more »

Careers in Ideas: Virtual work insight days 2021

AA Thornton welcomes five candidates for Virtual work insight days 2021 Earlier this month, we were delighted to welcome five engaging candidates to our first virtual work insight days, including the great-granddaughter of our founding partner Alfred Augustus Thornton.  The two day event was an opportunity for the students to have a practical insight into… Read more »

Latest Insights

Government R&D Tax Credits Consultation

Deadline approaching for the Government R&D Tax Credits Consultation – your input needed for potential changes to RDEC and SME R&D Relief Government R&D Tax Credits Consultation: The UK government intends to raise investment in research and development to 2.4% of UK GDP by 2027 and wants to ensure that one of the key incentives for… Read more »

A titanic appeal sunk by an ice cube; miniscule use supports an EU registration and UK common law rights

Ian Gill reports on how miniscule trademark use may be enough to support a passing off claim and maintain a EU trademark registration. This article was written by Ian for the IPKat legal blog Don’t be fooled: decision O/050/21 is not just another unsuccessful appeal to the UK Appointed Person (approximately 85% of such appeals are unsuccessful). Underlying… Read more »

UK AFA – new procedure for recording IP rights with UK customs authorities

Retail and Trade Mark expert Suzanne Power provides an update on UK AFAs and the new procedure for recording IP rights with UK customs authorities, a simple and effective way to take counterfeit goods off the market In this article, we provide an update on filing a UK AFA and how this decision should be… Read more »