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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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UK ratifies UPC agreement

The UK has now deposited its instrument of ratification of the Agreement on the Unified Patent Court (UPCA) with the European Commission in Brussels, thereby completing the legal necessities for the UK to take part in the Court. The UK became a signatory to the UPCA in February 2013 and, in November 2016, committed to… Read more »

EPO & CIPA: no impact of Brexit on UK membership of EPO

President of the European Patent Office, Benoît Battistelli, recently reiterated in a meeting with delegates from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) that “Brexit will have no impact on UK membership of the EPO” Battistelli went on to confirm that because the EPO is an independent international organisation (of which the UK is… Read more »

Related Events

  • Speaking at the in-cosmetics Korea exhibition, Seoul

    Speaking at the in-cosmetics Korea exhibition, Seoul We are excited to announce that Consulting Patent Attorney and Cosmetics & Personal Care industry team member Julie Barrett-Major will be speaking at the in-cosmetics Korea exhibition on 13 June 2018. Julie’s long career history in this field lends itself to her topic of choice: “Patents – an excellent way of finding out… Read more »

  • Swiss Biotech Day 2018

    Swiss Biotech Day 2018, Basel, Switzerland Patent Attorneys Dr Craig Turner  and Julie Barrett- Major represented the firm at the Swiss Biotech Day 2018, in Basel, Switzerland, on 3 May 2018. According to European Biotechnology Magazine, “with more than 600 senior executives from the Swiss life science industry and from across Europe the annually held was as popular as… Read more »

  • PTMG Spring Conference

    Trade Mark Partner Rachel Havard and Consulting Patent Attorney Julie Barrett Major will represent the firm at the Spring Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group conference in Porto, Portugal from 18th – 20th March. PTMG is a not for profit organisation and their primary objective is to enable members to meet at regular intervals to consider problems… Read more »

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