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Adrian Bennett


A.A. Thornton & Co

Adrian Bennett is a Partner and UK Chartered & European Patent Attorney within our Engineering, Physics and Mechanical devices patent department. His specialist areas of knowledge include fluid mechanics, oil and gas exploration technology, hand-held power tools, engine design, control systems, aerodynamics and aircraft design. Adrian is currently the Chair of the partnership.


  • Patents
  • IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate
  • IP Strategy & Audits
  • IP Transactions, Ownership & Licensing

Core Responsibilities

Adrian has considerable experience in the original drafting of patent applications and their prosecution around the world. He also has considerable experience at leading oral proceedings at the European Patent Office and regularly handles these matters, including proceedings before the Examining Division and particularly proceedings before the Opposition Division and Board of Appeal. Other principal areas of work include advising clients in infringement matters, for example by way of Freedom to Operate opinions, and instructing Counsel as appropriate.

Other Responsibilities

  • As partnership chair Adrian oversees all aspects of the running of the firm
  • Adrian is a member of the firm’s Finance management group and is involved in the implementation of the financial strategy and plans for the firm.
  • Adrian is also a trustee of the firm’s final salary pension scheme.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (iMechE)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the European Patent Institute (EPI)
  • Member of the International Liaison Committee of CIPA (ILC) – representing the Institute and UK profession internationally



  • Agriculture
  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Medical Devices
  • Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals


Prior to joining the firm, Adrian worked with British Aerospace Defence Ltd for eight years, four of which were spent in the Military Aircraft Division and four in the Dynamics Division. The latter included 18 months as an undergraduate mechanical engineer, during which time Adrian worked with the development of piezoelectric sonar array technology, and hypersonic aerodynamic modelling software. Whilst with the Dynamics Division, Adrian worked as an advanced technologies engineer, involved specifically with the performance and configuration aspects of combat aircraft design. Adrian entered the patent profession in 1995, and a year later, joined the Northampton office of A. A. Thornton & Co. Adrian became a partner of the firm in 2007, and now works from our London office.


  • BA Hons Mechanical Engineering
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Law
  • UK Chartered Mechanical Engineer
  • Qualified as a UK Chartered Patent Attorney
  • Qualified as a European Patent Attorney

Awards / Accolades

  • Highly recommended in Legal 500 UK

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Adrian Bennett named new Partnership Chair at AA Thornton

New Partnership Chair Partner Adrian Bennett was appointed Partnership Chair on 1st April 2019 taking over from partner Ian Gill. Commenting on the appointment of Adrian Bennett to Partnership Chair, Ian Gill said: “The main objective of the Partnership Chair is to provide leadership and support to the management groups to deliver their objectives, and… Read more »

AA Thornton’s letter of recommendation to the EPO 2019

AA Thornton’s advice for EPO management EPO President Mr António Campinos invited AA Thornton to provide recommendations for the EPO’s strategic plan for 2019-2023, and our letter is shown below. AA Thornton has actively encouraged the EPO in several of its recent initiatives. The ‘Early Certainty from Search’ scheme and the recent major reorganisation of… Read more »

AA Thornton ranked with ‘Leading Firm’ status in the Legal 500 2019

The Legal 500 2019 edition has now been published and we are delighted that the firm has once again been ranked as a leading firm for both patents and trade marks, and that our level of service was recognised, once again, as “outstanding”: “The ‘excellent’ A.A. Thornton & Co. ‘goes the extra mile to provide… Read more »

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  • Standard Chartered Great City Race 2017

    Team 2017. Back: Anna Sheridan, Adrian Bennett, Chris Burnett, Geoff Hussey, Stuart Greenwood, Alex Bone Middle:Hannah Bettles, Varuni Paranavitane, Emma Lau Front: Vanessa King On Monday 24 July, A. A. Thornton & Co. took part in the Standard Chartered Great City Race, raising money for the charity “Seeing is believing”, a global initiative to help… Read more »

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