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Ian Gill


A.A. Thornton & Co

Ian Gill is a Partner and a UK Chartered Patent and Trade Mark Attorney. Ian is also a European Patent, Trade Mark and Designs Attorney. Ian’s practice covers the full range of IP rights and issues.


  • Copyright
  • Design Rights
  • Patents
  • Trade Mark
  • IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate
  • IP Strategy & Audits
  • IP Transactions, Ownership & Licensing
  • Anti-Counterfeiting

Core Responsibilities

  • Ian’s technical expertise includes contentious and non-contentious issues, spanning the full spectrum of intellectual property law, including trademarks, registered designs, patents and copyright
  • He handles trademark prosecution and enforcement, including related issues such as intellectual property portfolio management and domain name dispute resolution proceedings
  • He coordinates the worldwide IP portfolios of a number of major companies
  • He represents the patent and trade mark interests of a broad range of SMEs and private individuals

Other Responsibilities

  • Ian is responsible for in-house systems with a keen interest in improving productivity and exploring new ways of working with technology to improve efficiency and job satisfaction
  • Ian is a non-executive director of the IP insurance mutual PAMIA and sits on the claims committee
  • Ian is a trustee of the firm’s final salary pension scheme
  • Ian is a member of the FICPI IP Asset Management committee which looks at issues including acquisitions, divestitures, due diligence, IP asset valuation IP insurance.


  • Agriculture
  • IT & Communications
  • Mechanical Devices
  • Retail


  • Ian joined A.A. Thornton & Co. after graduating in 1994
  • He became a partner in 2001


  • B Eng Aeronautical Engineering, Bristol University
  • MSc Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary College, University of London
  • UK chartered patent attorney
  • European patent attorney
  • UK Chartered Trade Mark attorney
  • European Trade Mark and designs attorney

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
  • International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)

Awards / Accolades

  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK – “Ian Gill is ‘extremely articulate and clear in his communication'”
  • Recommended in WTR 1000 World’s Leading Trade Mark Professionals –“You don’t have to hang around for Ian Gill – he will give you a good steer quickly. Responsive, attentive to detail, cost effective and – most importantly – practical, commercial and solutions oriented, he’s the man to trust on the most important trademark matters in Europe. Under his leadership of its systems group, the firm has become one of the most technically adept and efficient providers.”
  • Recommended in Who’s Who in Legal: Patents 2016
  • Ranked in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2016

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Olympics Games organisers issue strict guidelines for Tokyo 2020 The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympics and Paralympic Games (TOC) have issued brand protection guidelines in relation to the 32nd Summer Olympic Games next year.  A link to the document is set out below and the key elements to avoid are set out in the… Read more »

Welcome Changes to Chinese Trade Mark Legislation regarding bad faith

In this article Partner Ian Gill discusses the upcoming changes to Chinese Trade Mark Legislation regarding bad faith and the impact this is likely to have on trade mark owners   China’s revised trade mark legislation, effective from 1 November 2019, has a number of changes that will be welcomed by foreign companies operating in… Read more »

Brexit update – 15 March 2019

Brexit update – Article 50 extension request Friday 15 March 2019 We have run out of polite adjectives to describe the continued painful progress of the UK Parliament towards some type of negotiated exit from the EU, but over the past few days the UK Parliament has again rejected the deal proposed by the government,… Read more »

Related Events

  • 140th Annual Meeting – International Trade Mark Association

    Partners of the firm and Registered Trade Mark Attorneys Ian Gill and Vanessa Lawrence along with Senior Associate, Sarah Darby, will represent the firm at the INTA 140th Annual Meeting, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle from 19 – 23 May 2018. With the increasing importance of brands to consumers, companies and the global economy, the… Read more »

Related Publications

  • Brexit update – January 2019

    Brexit? What next? The UK government suffered a defeat of historic proportions on Tuesday 15 January in relation to its proposed Brexit deal, but survived a vote of no-confidence the next day.  Despite these extraordinary events we are no closer to understanding where the Brexit process will go next or how long it will take… Read more »

  • UK-China IP Symposium highlights importance of innovation

    Trade Mark Attorney and Partner Ian Gill spoke at the 2017 UK China symposium, which took place in London on Thursday 22 September. Co-hosted by the UK Intellectual Property Office and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), this annual flagship event for UK-China IP co-operation formed part of a week of UK-China IP related activity. Click… Read more »

  • Partner Ian Gill gives a talk on ‘Practical Advice for the Creative Industries’

    Note: This is an edited version of a talk given by Ian Gill on “Practical Advice for the Creative Industries” with a particular focus on designs and copyright at the UK-China IP Symposium on 22 September 2017 When considering what to discuss I looked for input on what the creative industries want and I found… Read more »