Dr David Blair


David Blair is a UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney within our Chemistry, Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Patent department. Davids’ clients operate in industry sectors such as oil & gas and pharmaceuticals.

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Practice Areas
  • Patents
Industries of Focus
  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Green Tech
  • Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals
Core Responsibilities
  • Prosecuting patent applications before the European Patent Office (EPO) and UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)
  • Liaising with clients and overseas attorneys
  • Legal research
  • Analysis and interpretation of prior art
Professional Memberships
  • Fellow of CIPA (UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys)
  • Previously to joining the Firm, David worked as Process Engineer for Cabot Corporation
  • He joined AA Thornton in 2017 as a Trainee Patent Attorney
  • David achieved dual qualification as a UK & European practicing patent attorney in 2021.
  • MChem Chemistry with industrial experience, University of Edinburgh
  • PhD Carbon and contaminant trace metal biogeochemistry, University of Edinburgh
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property, Bournemouth University
  • European patent attorney
  • Chartered UK patent attorney