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Christopher Burnett


A.A. Thornton & Co

Christopher Burnett is a UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney in the Chemistry, Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals patent department. Chris’ client base spreads across a range of industry sectors, however his key client base operates in pharmaceuticals.


  • Patents

Core Responsibilities

  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications
  • Drafting patent applications
  • Prosecuting patent applications before the European patent office (EPO) and UK Intellectual property office
  • Representing clients at EPO oral proceedings
  • Instructing foreign associates on prosecution of foreign patent applications
  • Managing patent portfolios
  • Drafting and recordal of assignments in the UK, Europe and overseas
  • Conducting Opposition and Appeal proceedings before the EPO


  • Chris began his patent career at Sanderson & Co, a private practice firm in Colchester in 2003
  • He went on to Laudens, a private practice firm in Hertfordshire in 2010
  • He joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in December 2013


  • Agriculture
  • Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals


  • BSc Biochemistry, Edinburgh University
  • MSc Management of Intellectual Property, Queen Mary & Westfield University
  • Qualified as a UK Chartered Patent Attorney in 2008
  • Qualified as a European Patent Attorney in 2009
  • Qualified as a European Design Attorney

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the European Patent Institute (EPI)

Related News

IP Inclusive Week at AA Thornton

AA Thornton celebrates IP Inclusive Week AA Thornton took part in the celebration of IP Inclusive Week, to showcase the importance of diversity and inclusion in the IP professions. At the start of the week, IP Inclusive launched a pack for running a work experience day, making it easy for firms to invite students to… Read more »

Careers in Ideas launch event

Careers in Ideas launch event Associate Patent Attorney Chris Burnett reflects on the launch of Careers In Ideas, and the work ahead to raise awareness of IP with students. “On 10 April 2018, a crowd of over 100 IP professionals, careers experts and students gathered at the Royal Society of Medicine for the launch of… Read more »

A.A. Thornton & Co. ranked with ‘Leading Firm’ status in the Legal 500 2017

The Legal 500 2017 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 as “outstanding”.   The editorial sections for each of our entries in the directory are reproduced below:  “A.A. Thornton & Co.’s level… Read more »

Related Events

  • Standard Chartered Great City Race 2018

    Team (left to right): Phoebe Withnall, Rebecca Brenton, Natalie Jochacy, Hannah Bettles, Mike Jennings, Fionnuala Richardson, Chris Burnett, Emma Lau, Stuart Greenwood, Alex Bone, Michael Dawson, Adrian Bennett, Vanessa King, Sarah Neil. On Tuesday 17th July, AA Thornton took part in the Standard Chartered Great City Race for the 8th year running. This is a… Read more »

  • ABHI Parliamentary Reception

    Attorneys Marianne Privett and Chris Burnett from our Medical Devices team attended the inaugural Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) parliamentary reception at Westminster last night. Joined by 170 delegates, including MPs and Lords, ABHI CEO Peter Ellingworth and Health Select Committee member Maggie Throup MP delivered speeches praising the significant contribution made to the… Read more »

  • 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… Read more »

Related Publications

  • Landmark UK Supreme Court Judgment in Warner Lambert v Generics (Mylan) & Actavis (Pregabalin/Lyrica)

    Sufficiency and Infringement of Second Medical Use Patents Landmark UK Supreme Court Judgment in Warner Lambert v Generics (Mylan) & Actavis (Pregabalin/Lyrica)   The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has now released their long-awaited decision relating to the tests for sufficiency and infringement for second medical use patents, in particular those with so-called “Swiss-form”… Read more »

  • The Use of Silk in Medical Devices

    Recent innovations of the use of Silk in medical devices.   Sutures made of silk have been used by humans for centuries. This article looks at some recent innovations that show the many diverse applications of silk in a medical context. There are many factors to consider when designing a medical device, and in the… Read more »

  • IP Audits – What are they, and why should you have one?

    Introduction  “Know yourself to improve yourself” – August Comte Every business will have some form of intellectual property (IP) – not just those that deal with technology. This article will describe the various forms of IP that could be assessed during an IP Audit and why it is important to know about them. The article… Read more »