Dr Varuni Paranavitane

Senior Associate, Solicitor

Dr Varuni Paranavitane is a solicitor whose main practice area is IP litigation. Whilst she has extensive litigation experience for clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors which draws on her previous technical experience as a research Biochemist, she also advises clients in other sectors including fashion, marketing and advertising, finance, food and sports.

Varuni is a member of the Intellectual Property Advisory Committee (IPAC) of the UK Bioindustry Association and this year has been invited to lead the sub-committee which focuses on Access and Benefit Sharing and the Nagoya Protocol which focuses on the legal obligations that fall on research organisations and companies in using genetic resources.

The sub-committee will focus on influencing policy decisions and work with a variety of bodies in government and industry for the benefit of the UK BIA members.


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Practice Areas
  • Copyright
  • Design Rights
  • IP Portfolio Management
  • IP Litigation
Industries of Focus
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
Core Responsibilities
  • Advising clients on exploiting IP rights
  • Advising on litigation strategy and potential disputes
  • Preparing and filing court documents in England and Wales and at the EUIPO
  • Advising on freedom to operate
  • Advising on infringement and validity of IP rights
  • Advising on trade mark filing strategy
Professional Memberships
  • Intellectual Property Advisory Comittee of the Bio Industry Association
  • Prior joining AA Thornton, Varuni was an Associate solicitor at Osborne Clarke LLP, and before that, an Associate solicitor at Bristows
  • Prior to training as a solicitor Varuni carried out Biochemistry research at Cambridge University
  • Varuni joined AA Thornton in 2017 as an Associate in our IP Litigation team
  • Varuni was promoted to Senior Associate in July 2019


  • BSc, Imperial College
  • PhD, King’s College, Cambridge
  • LLB, College of Law
  • PGDip in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Oxford University
  • Qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in September 2011