Mike Jennings


Mike Jennings is a Partner and UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney in the Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT patents department. Mike has vast experience in patent prosecution, oppositions and appeals, with specialist expertise in physics-related technologies and computer-related inventions.

Mike is frequently asked to present to IP associations and UK attorneys on behalf of CIPA on various topics including patenting computer-implemented inventions such as AI and computer simulation.

“Mike Jennings is ‘able to solve even the most complex problems with ease’.”

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"Mike Jennings has the benefit of both a very creative approach to legal problem solving and an engagement in the patent community generally and with the EPO and UKIPO, which gives him the ability to understand and even help guide the offices towards appropriate solutions to their challenges while also giving his clients access to insights into the current law and its potential and likely developments"

Legal 500

"Mike Jennings specialises in patent prosecution and oppositions, and advises on a range of technologies including electrical and computer-related inventions."

Legal 500

"AA Thornton's 'top-notch' team advises clients such as Merix Pharmaceutical, RSR Limited and Robert Bosch. Mike Jennings is 'able to solve even the most complex problems with ease'."

Legal 500

"AA Thornton maintains its position among the elite patent practices in the nation, largely based on its frequent successful representation of individuals, academic institutions, SMEs and multinational corporations."

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Practice Areas
  • Patents
  • IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate
  • IP Strategy & Audits
  • IP Transactions, Ownership & Licensing
Industries of Focus
  • IT & Communications
  • Robotics and Control Systems
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Automotive (sensors, CAV) & Aerospace
  • Oil & Gas (measurement, logging, computer modelling)
Core Responsibilities
  • Patent protection, oppositions and advice for a range of technologies including electrical and computer-related inventions
  • Heads our Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT Patents Department
  • Member of the Marketing & Business Development Committee and Management Team
Professional Memberships
  • Vice-Chair of CIPA Computer Technology Committee (member since 2006)
  • Member of quality working group within Standing Advisory Committee before the EPO (SACEPO) since 2017
  • Member of AIPPI’s IT & Internet Committee
  • Mike began his patent career at one of the leading UK patent and trade mark firms in 1990
  • He spent 2 years handling electrical patent work with Spruson & Ferguson in Sydney, Australia
  • Mike gained several years industry experience as an in-house senior patent attorney for IBM in the UK handling invention reviews, patent drafting and prosecution and licensing
  • He joined AA Thornton in 2007 and became a Partner in 2008. He leads the Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT Patents team
  • BSc Hons Physics, University of Bristol
  • Qualified as a European patent attorney
  • Qualified as a UK chartered patent attorney
Awards / Accolades
  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK
  • Personally appointed by EPO President to SACEPO Quality working group for 2017-2020, based on “recognised expertise” and reappointed for a further 3 years in 2021 for his ‘many valuable contributions’ to the party.
  • Ranked in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2021/22