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“Patent attorney par excellence Craig Turner of AA Thornton is an inspired choice for all manner of chemistry, biotech and pharmaceutical oral proceedings.”

IAM Patent 1000, 2019

“AA Thornton’s unique combination of skilled technical know-how and unquestioned legal expertise have made them my go-to European firm for over a decade.”

Jerry Harris, Partner, Wick Phillips Gould & Martin LLP

“Thanks again (Adrian Bennett) for your brilliant performance today.”

DeLaval attorney

“AA Thornton is my favourite and most reliable Firm in the UK. It is one of the finest IP Firms in UK”

D Calab Gabriel, Managing Partner, Lex IP Care

“For over a decade Ian Gill is our very reliable and trusted trademark attorney in the UK. His passion about trademark law, paired with his analytical skills, his professional excellence and his ability to step into his client’s shoes, set a new benchmark within Merck’s global network of trademark agents.”

General Counsel Trademarks, Merck Group

“You (Stuart Greenwood) and your colleagues pulled a rabbit out of the hat for our Road Ahead Pot Hole Repair patent, for which I’m extremely grateful.”

Matthew Lobley, Managing Director, Road Ahead (UK) Ltd

“Well done Martin [Patent Attorney Martin Hedges]!! Thanks so much for your good work on this case, and for your efforts in attending the oral proceedings and obtaining a very good outcome!”

Senior Shareholder, US Intellectual Property law firm

“Halliburton has worked with AA Thornton & Co. for nearly 40 years, and we are delighted with the service they have provided during our many years of working together. Their expertise in the oil and gas sector has been invaluable to help us achieve our commercial objectives. Their large patents team has helped us across the broad range of different technologies we handle, and they are very approachable and commercially-minded.”

Clive Menezes, Senior VP and Chief Patent Counsel, Halliburton

“Establishing our intellectual property rights has been key in adding value and protecting our business since our launch in 2011. AAT has provided all the necessary professional services and support we would expect and more from such a company. As a small but fast growing business they have guided us through the often complex and subjective world of IPR. We can move forward with our business and develop new products with confidence with AAT as part of our wider team.”

John Abrahams – Co founder – Hiplok

“At the risk of repeating myself, I would like to say how impressed I was with the way you [Patent Attorney Craig Turner] handled the Opposition case – both the meticulous preparation and your outstanding advocacy skills. I hope that we will have the chance to work together on similar cases in the future (but preferably for the Opposing party). Needless to say, our client was extremely pleased with the outcome.”

Dr. Avraham Rutman, A.J. Rutman – Patent Attorneys

“I appreciate the extreme high caliber of work that pours forth from your offices. Despite our turning up the flow this year…., your firm keeps purring along, seemingly unchallenged by whatever we throw your way. The fine work is actually noticed, and greatly appreciated.”

Assistant General Counsel, Multinational oil field services corporation

“As I promised you at our meeting this weekend – here is a GREAT European Associate I highly recommend. I have worked with this firm many years and their services are wonderful and the prices very fair. I highly recommend the partner Adrian Bennett as he took over some of the cases we were working on with (now retired associate) Philip Curtis.”

International Intellectual Property Paralegal, Mechanical beds and technologies manufacturer

“Vanessa Lawrence – our main point of contact is knowledgeable, approachable, friendly & extremely professional. A pleasure to work with!”

“Absolutely fantastic service with very prompt response time. All correspondence to [our company] is clear & concise.”

Director, World’s largest travel company for students and young people

“Thank you too for all your hard work on our behalf. It has been a good team effort. We are delighted with the outcome.”

Technical Manager of UK-based engineering company

“Excellent – many thanks again for your work in getting this through. I appreciate how difficult it can be to translate ideas and convey their originality in an objective way as you do.”

Director, Oil and Gas division, Design, engineering and project management consultancy

“As I’ve mentioned before, we are indeed thrilled with your firm – your service and work quality is absolutely superior to others in Europe.”

US Attorney, Intellectual Property law firm

“At AA Thornton, the ‘highly regarded’ Emily Cottrill and Craig Turner successfully defended an opposition to a European patent on behalf of Halliburton Energy Services. Mike Jennings specialises in patent prosecution and oppositions, and advises on a range of technologies including electrical and computer-related inventions. Lawrence King was promoted to the partnership in 2013.”

Legal 500 2014, including client comments

AA Thornton handles all aspects of the trade mark registration process, and has particular expertise in the fashion sector. Ian Gill successfully defended Paul Smith Group Holdings in relation to a French registered design infringement case. Vanessa Lawrence is ‘remarkable in her knowledge’, and Rachel Havard is also recommended.”

Legal 500 2014, including client comments

“AA Thornton’s ‘excellent’ trade mark team handles all aspects of the trade mark registration process, and is particularly renowned in the fashion sector.

Vanessa Lawrence is ‘knowledgeable, friendly and extremely professional’; Ian Gill is ‘responsive, creative and flexible’; and Rachel Havard is ‘very thorough’.

Legal 500 2013, including client comments

AA Thornton’s ‘top-notch’ team advises clients such as Merix Pharmaceutical, RSR Limited and Robert Bosch.

Craig Turner successfully represented longstanding client Halliburton Energy Services at oral proceedings before the EPO Examining Division. Martin Hedges provides ‘consistent quality at an appropriate cost’; Mike Jennings is ‘able to solve even the most complex problems with ease’; and Emily Cottrill is ‘always on time, and always correct’.”

Legal 500 2013, including client comments

“Great work” and “Thank you very much. It is a pleasure working with you [Nick South] Sir.”

Leading manufacturer of high-performance power and Hall-effect sensor integrated circuits

“[Rachel] we truly appreciate your continuing indulgence and invaluable assistance!”

Partner Intellectual Property & Technology, Full service law firm

“I missed the opportunity to meet you in person this time, but as I heard from my colleagues that your visit was very helpful and they had a very good interactive time with you. We really appreciate your effort to come here and meet the IP Team in person and give your valuable inputs and advice to them.”

Global pharmaceutical manufacturing company

“Thank you for your analysis. This is exactly the insight that we need to enable us to formulate a response in this case.”

Chemical producer

“Firstly, Craig can I thank you for the support over many years!!..the service has been excellent.”

Pharmaceuticals organisation

“Perfect! Thank you, Adrian – I don’t know what I would do without you, but I sure don’t want to find out!”

“Thank you, Adrian – I always know I can count on you”

Certified Paralegal, Professional services firm

“Thank you very much for your great efforts in this matter.”

“Many thanks for your excellent support.”

Attorney, Multinational engineering and electronics company

“Thank you so much for your hard work on this application. I greatly appreciate it.”

Patent Attorney, Intellectual Property law firm

“You consistently present logical and well thought out proposed responses!”

Patent Attorney, Intellectual Property law firm

“AA Thornton is at the top of the list when it comes to entrusting cases to European associates. I look forward to being able to send another healthy work load your way this coming year.”

Patent Attorney, Intellectual Property Law firm

“Many thanks for your advice which is – as always – very much appreciated” (advice on US patent)

“Thanks also for your excellent draft arguments document” (on Chinese appeal case)

Managing Director, Manufacturer of remote controlled spotlights

“I think this draft is excellent.”

“Very nice work!”

Partner & US Patent Attorney, Intellectual Property law firm

“I have now considered your response to the grounds of appeal filed by Lely and I think it is great.”

European Patent Attorney, Leading producer of dairy and farming machinery

“Thanks Ian – a good case of value-for-money advice”.

Senior Legal Counsel, Diversified international food, ingredients and retail company

“You [Rachel Havard] are one of the best lawyers I cooperate with.”

Trade Mark Attorney, Intellectual Property law firm

“Thanks Rachel. Super-efficient as always!”

Marketing Manager, Food & beverage manufacturer

Re: Work experience within the Trademark department with Vanessa Lawrence, Partner and Louise Foster, Trade Mark Attorney:

“Just to say thank you for having Jessica for the last 3 days, it is really appreciated. She really enjoyed her time with you and found the work very interesting”.

Financial Controller, Leading educational publisher

“Thank you Rachel. Excellent overview below”.

Director, Designers and manufacturers of specialist protective clothing

“[Gerry] thank you for your report. We are very glad for the positive outcome of this case. Thank you for your good work”.

Trade Mark Manager, Aerospace and defense company

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