Ian Gill


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 in our Legal 500 ranked Top Tier Trade Mark team. Ian’s practice covers the full range of IP rights and issues.

"Ian Gill is an excellent individual: concise, precise, personable and a good communicator."

Legal 500

"For over a decade Ian Gill is our very reliable and trusted trademark attorney in the UK. His passion about trademark law, paired with his analytical skills, his professional excellence and his ability to step into his client's shoes, set a new benchmark within Merck's global network of trademark agents."

General Counsel Trademarks, Merck Group

"Ian Gill is very client-friendly. He gives good, pragmatic advice on filing strategies and dealing with issues, he is transparent on cost and imaginative on solutions."

Legal 500

"Ian Gill is a true expert and always offers sensible and commercial advice."

Legal 500


Practice Areas
  • Copyright
  • Design Rights
  • Patents
  • Trade Mark
  • IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate
  • IP Strategy & Audits
  • IP Transactions, Ownership & Licensing
  • Anti-Counterfeiting
Industries of Focus
  • Agriculture
  • IT & Communications
  • Mechanical Devices
  • Retail
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
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)
  • Ian joined A.A. Thornton & Co. after graduating in 1994
  • Ian 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
Awards / Accolades
  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK
  • Recommended in WTR 1000 World’s Leading Trade Mark Professionals