Alex Bone


Alex Bone is a Partner and a UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney in the Engineering, Physics and Mechanical devices department. Alex has specialist expertise in gas & oil exploration, medical devices, food packaging and automotive parts.


  • Patents
  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
Core Responsibilities
  • Advising on patentability of inventions
  • Drafting patent applications for new inventions
  • Prosecution of patent applications in countries around the world
  • Representing Clients in person at hearings before the European Patent Office
  • Preparing and filing applications to register designs
  • Advising on freedom to operate for new products
  • Patent portfolio management
  • IP due diligence
Professional Memberships
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the European Patent Institute (EPI)
  • Alex began his patent career in 2000 working in a private practice in Suffolk where he trained and qualified as a UK Chartered and European patent attorney
  • Alex moved to an in-house role with pharmaceutical company Novartis focusing on medical devices and packaging in 2006
  • He joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in July 2014 and was promoted to Senior Associate, in July 2016.
  • Alex was promoted to Partner in September 2018
  • MA and MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Qualified as a European patent attorney in 2004
  • Qualified as a UK chartered patent attorney in 2004