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Julie Barrett-Major

Consulting Attorney

A.A. Thornton & Co

Julie Barrett-Major has extensive in-house experience and brings a strong commercial and business strategy focus to the whole gamut of IP. Having been involved in the full range of IP, including patents, trademarks, utility models, designs and copyright, Julie takes an integrated approach to the protection and exploitation of a client’s innovations.


  • Patents
  • Trade Marks

Core Responsibilities

  • Specification and  claim drafting, and their amendment
  • Advising on and undertaking global patent filing programmes
  • Opinion work – validity, infringement, entitlement, degree of protection afforded
  • Oral proceedings
  • Managing litigation (including US discovery proceedings)
  • Auditing organisations’ IP portfolios with a view to rationalising these intangible assets to fit financial and commercial objectives
  • Analysing licensing opportunities and undertaking due diligence work
  • Representing IP holders to venture capitalists/bankers


  • Julie began training in 1979 and qualified at Wellcome (now GSK), after which she moved to Sandoz (now Novartis) in Basel, Switzerland  Julie later worked for Merck & Co., Inc, including as Acting Head of the European Patent Department and became a member of the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)’s IP Committee. After a period in private practice, when her clients included Henkel and Revlon, Julie set up a consultancy specialising in providing in-house style patent services to pharmaceutical/biotech companies, when her direct clients included Boots, Pfizer, Reckitt Benckiser, ICI Paints (Akzo-Nobel), Johnson Matthey and Smith & Nephew.  Most recently, Julie founded and then directed the IP department at Norgine, a European specialty pharmaceutical company having a significant in- and out-licensing, venture capital, and late-stage clinical and commercial development focus.
  • Julie joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in May 2016 on a short term contract and accepted a permanent position as a Consulting Attorney in January 2017.


  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Pharmaceuticals


  • BSc (Comb Hons) Business Administration & Chemistry, MA
  • Qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney (1981)
  • Qualified as a European Patent Attorney (1981)

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the European Patents Institue (EPO)
  • Registered as a Representative of the EUIPO
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


  • Basic French, German and Italian

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Related Events

  • AA Thornton to attend New Delhi events this November

    The World IP Forum and APAA Conference, New Delhi, November 2018 Patent attorneys Julie Barrett-Major and Leonita Paulraj will be in New Delhi from 14 – 21 November, where they will attend the World IP Forum and APAA conferences. Whilst in New Delhi, Julie and Leonita will also attend the World IP Forum during 14-16 November…. Read more »

  • PTMG Autumn Conference 2018

    AA Thornton returns to PTMG in Dubrovnik! Consulting Patent Attorney Julie Barrett-Major  and Trade Mark Attorney Suzanne Power represented the firm at the Autumn Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG) conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 3rd to 6th October 2018. Julie and Susie hosted a tea and round table event at the Hotel Croatia Cavtat just before the start of… Read more »

  • In-cosmetics Formulations Summit – London 2018

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Related Publications

  • BioScience Today – Patenting aerospace medicines

    Patenting aerospace medicines – the final frontier? Consulting Attorney, Julie Barrett-Major recently wrote for BioScience Today on the subject of Patenting aerospace medicines. You can find Julie’s article below, or read the full magazine here.      Should you wish to discuss this topic, please contact the author, Julie Barrett-Major, or your usual AA… Read more »

  • EU: Falsified Medicines Directive: Implications for parallel importers and of Brexit

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