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Dr David Blair

Trainee Attorney

A.A. Thornton & Co

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


  • Patents

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


  • Previously to joining the Firm,  David worked as Process Engineer for Cabot Corporation
  • He joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in 2017 as a Trainee Patent Attorney


  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals
  • Pharmaceuticals


  • 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

Professional Memberships

  • Student member of the Charted Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)

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    Motorsport Industry Association Summer Reception Attorneys Marianne Privett, Nick South, Nidhi Mukhuty and David Blair from the Automotive & Aerospace team attended the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) summer reception at the House of Lords. The prestigious event hosted 200 delegates of influence in the motorsport and automotive sectors, including MPs and Lords, who witnessed the… Read more »

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