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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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Third judgment in Sky v SkyKick –
Louise Foster and Sarah Darby provide some take-away thoughts

Third judgment in Sky v SkyKick – Louise Foster and Sarah Darby provide some take-away thoughts Following the answers from the CJEU in its judgment of 29 January 2020 (C-371/18) to the five questions referred to it by the UK court concerning the Sky v SkyKick Case, there is now a third judgment in this… Artificial Intelligence – Our March 2020 report

Artificial Intelligence – Our March 2020 report According to the European Patent Office, for the first time in more than a decade, digital technologies have taken the lead in patent applications filed. Among the top technical fields digital communication (+19.6%) and computer technology (+10.2%) saw the steepest growth. The report, published on the 12th March… Read more »


COVID-19 hub

Updates in response to COVID-19 Legal update: 08.04.20 Legal Update available – UK IPO coronavirus response In recognition of the challenges individuals and businesses are facing amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) has made certain temporary adjustments to its practices, to ensure that parties are not adversely affected in their dealings… Read more »


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Videoconferencing tips for EPO success

AA Thornton Partner Mike Jennings shares his experience of videoconference oral proceedings   The European Patent Office (EPO) has offered the possibility of oral proceedings by videoconference since 1998, and in recent years has significantly increased their videoconferencing capacity in all of Rijswijk, Munich and Berlin. This has become increasingly important in view of the… Read more »


The Court of Appeal in Mexichem confirms the utility of ‘Arrow’ declarations is highly fact specific

The Court of Appeal in Mexichem confirms the utility of ‘Arrow’ declarations is highly fact specific   The recent Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Mexichem UK Limited v Honeywell International Inc ([2019] EWHC 3377 (Pat)) reveals how difficult it may be to strike out a claim for an ‘Arrow’ declaration. But, it… Read more »


Diversification of transport technology backed by UK Government funding

  Diversification of transport technology backed by UK Government funding   In March 2020 the UK Government announced £36.7 million in funding for projects aimed at designing and developing cleaner and greener transport technology. £30 million of the fund will create four new regional centres of excellence based in Newport, Nottingham, Strathclyde and Sunderland with… Read more »