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Geoff Hussey


A.A. Thornton & Co

Geoff Hussey is a Partner and Solicitor whose main practice areas are IP litigation, and Commercial IP. His experience includes acting for a broad range of clients in many sectors including life sciences, electronics, telecoms, chemicals, aviation, food & beverages and financial services.


  • Copyright
  • Patents
  • Trade Marks
  • IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate
  • IP Strategy & Audits
  • IP Transactions, Ownership & Licensing


  • Geoff joined Field Fisher Waterhouse in 2003, where he trained and qualified into their IP department as a solicitor in 2005.
  • Geoff joined Bird & Bird’s IP department in 2007.
  • Geoff joined AA Thornton as a Partner in May 2016.

Notable cases

  • ConvaTec v Smith & Nephew (injunction damages enquiry)
  • Smith & Nephew v ConvaTec (gel-forming silverised wound dressings; patent validity, infringement and EPO opposition actions)
  • EMI v BSkyB (NOW TV; trade mark infringement)
  • Menicon v Coopervision (contact lenses; patent opposition)
  • easyGroup v easyJet (airline brand licence dispute)
  • Nokia v IPCom (mobile phones; patent revocation action)
  • InterDigital v Nokia (mobile phones; standard essentiality / infringement actions)
  • LG v Sony (blu-ray, DVD and TV; patent infringement and entitlement)
  • ScanSafe v MessageLabs and Star Technologies (internet scanning software; reverse passing off, breach of confidence and contract)
  • GE Healthcare v PerkinElmer (scintillation proximity assays; patent revocation and entitlement)
  • Nikken v Pioneer (drill chucks; patent claim amendment)
  • Navitaire v easyJet (airline booking system; copyright)


  • IT & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals


  • BSc Human Genetics, Nottingham University
  • Post-graduate Diploma in Law and LPC, Nottingham Law School
  • Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, University of Bristol
  • Solicitor in England & Wales

Professional Memberships

  • The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

Related News

AA Thornton ranked with ‘Leading Firm’ status in the Legal 500 2019

  The Legal 500 2019 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, once again, as “outstanding”:  “The ‘excellent’ A.A. Thornton & Co. ‘goes the extra mile to provide outstanding customer service’ and has… 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 »

INTA is over for another year..

This year, A.A. Thornton & Co. sent a large team to represent the firm at the INTA 139th Annual Meeting, at Barcelona in Spain from 20-24 May 2017. Partners Ian Gill, Vanessa Lawrence, Rachel Havard, Geoff Hussey and Emily Cottrill attended the conference, as well as Registered Trade Mark Attorneys Louise Foster, Nidhi Mukhuty, Suzanne Power, Sarah… Read more »

Related Events

  • CPhI’s 7th Annual Pharma IPR Conference in Mumbai, India

    Patent Attorneys Geoff Hussey, Craig Turner, Alex Bone and Leonita Paulraj are attending CPhI’s 7th Annual Pharma IPR Conference in Mumbai, India from 7th-9th March. Craig and Geoff will also be speaking about the implications of Brexit on Indian pharma companies on the 8th March. CPhI’s 7th Annual Pharma IPR Conference is a leading platform… 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 »

  • Discussing Europe-wide preparation for the Unitary Patent (UP) and Unified Patent Court (UPC)

    Litigation partner Geoff Hussey and Electrical Patents partner Mike Jennings, members of A.A. Thornton’s UP/UPC working group, attended the EPO’s annual conference in Munich on 5 July 2017, discussing the preparation of the European patent with unitary effect (UP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC). EPO President Benoît Battistelli mentioned the new Quality Working Group… 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 »

  • UK and the UPC: What Will Happen Post-Brexit?

    UK and the UPC:What Will Happen Post-Brexit? Partner and Solicitor Geoff Hussey, and  Patent Attorney Nick South write for Lawyer Monthly on behalf of the Charted Institute of Patent Attorneys on Brexit, and what is likely to happen over the next 9 months.    This article was published originally by Lawyer Monthly  on 29 June… Read more »

  • The return of the doctrine equivalents – a WIPR article by Geoff Hussey & Varuni Paranavitane

    World IP Review magazine (WIPR) has recently worked with Partner and Litigation Solicitor Geoff Hussey and Associate and Litigation Solicitor Varuni Paranavitane on an article published in its October / November issue ‘The Return of the Doctrine Equivalents’. The article, which focuses on the Supreme Court’s decision to change the test for patent infringement, and… Read more »