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

AA Thornton change of address

AA Thornton change of address from 10 Old Bailey to  15 OLD BAILEY, EC4M 7EF We are changing address with effect from 9 July, although we will remain on the same street as before, at 15 Old Bailey. Our new address is: A.A. Thornton & Co. 15 Old Bailey London, EC4M 7EF Arrangements are in place… Read more »

AA Thornton promotes Sarah Neil to Senior Associate

  The Partners are delighted to announce the promotion of Sarah Neil to the role of Senior Associate Trade Mark Attorney, effective 1 July 2020. Having joined the firm as a Trainee Trade Mark Attorney in 2012 Sarah has qualified as Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in our Legal 500 ranked Top Tier Trade Mark team,… Read more »

Financial Times names AA Thornton one of Europe’s leading Patent Law Firm’s 2020

Financial Times names AA Thornton one of Europe’s leading Patent Law Firm’s 2020 We are delighted to have been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms for 2020. We would like to thank our clients and peers who gave feedback in relation to our inclusion in this list. If you… Read more »

Latest Insights

BioScience Today – Is your IP Strategy fit for purpose?

Is your IP Strategy fit for purpose? – Five Questions to Ask Yourself The following article was first published in issue 21 of BioScience Today.   As a result of the lockdown due to the global pandemic there is a greater need and renewed focus on using innovation to kick-start the economic recovery.  The result… Read more »

How do you win the battle against online trade mark infringement?

Retail team member Sarah Neil reviews the problem of online trade mark infringement and the options for combating third party copycats online You may have seen the recent story of Little Soap Co and its battle against a scammer who set up an Instagram account cloning the company’s genuine Instagram account in an effort to… Read more »

Access to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights in a Time of Emergency – Patent Pools and Beyond

Access to Intellectual Property (IP) Rights in a Time of Emergency – Patent Pools and Beyond This article was first published in BioScience Today The pharmaceutical and healthcare industry is often accused of misusing IP to extend exclusivity and delay reasonably priced access to life saving technologies. The recent pandemic has focussed attention on the… Read more »