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Mike Jennings

Partner

A.A. Thornton & Co

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.

Services


  • Patents
  • IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate
  • IP Strategy & Audits
  • IP Transactions, Ownership & Licensing

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

 Career


  • 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.

Industries


  • IT & Communications
  • Robotics and Control Systems
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Automotive (sensors, CAV) & Aerospace
  • Oil & Gas (measurement, logging, computer modelling)

 Qualifications


  • BSc Hons Physics, University of Bristol
  • Qualified as a European patent attorney
  • Qualified as a UK chartered patent attorney

Professional Memberships


  • Member of Quality working group within Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the Computer Technology Committee of CIPA
  • Member of EPI, AIPPI, LES and HIPLA

Awards / Accolades


  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK – “Mike Jennings is ‘able to solve even the most complex problems with ease’”
  • Personally appointed by EPO President to SACEPO Quality working group for 2017-2020, based on “recognised expertise”
  • Ranked in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2018

Related News


AA Thornton’s letter of recommendation to the EPO 2019

AA Thornton’s advice to European Patent Office management EPO President Mr António Campinos invited AA Thornton to provide recommendations for the EPO’s next strategic plan, and we have done this. AA Thornton Partner Mike Jennings also participated in a review of EPO quality in Munich on 7 February, with the EPO Standing Advisory Committee’s quality… Read more »


Mike Jennings Chairs AI patenting panel at CIPA’s Computers and IP Conference

Patenting Artificial Intelligence – CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee Training   CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee provided an excellent update on ‘Computers and IP’ on 22 November in London, including contributions from AA Thornton partner Mike Jennings who chaired a panel discussing patentability of artificial intelligence. The panel focussed on the many technical applications of machine learning… Read more »


AA Thornton ranked with ‘Leading Firm’ status in the Legal 500 2019

  The Legal 500 2019 edition has now been published and we are delighted that the firm has once again been ranked as a leading firm for both patents and trade marks, and that our level of service was recognised, once again, as “outstanding”:  “The ‘excellent’ A.A. Thornton & Co. ‘goes the extra mile to provide outstanding customer service’ and has… Read more »


Related Events


  • Mike Jennings to participate in CIPA’s US roadshows in April

    Discussing EPO developments and patentability of computer-implemented inventions in the era of AI   In April 2019, the Charted Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) will lead a series of intellectual property roadshows in the USA, with participation from the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) and Sir Colin… Read more »

  • Mike Jennings Chairs AI patenting panel at CIPA’s Computers and IP Conference

    Patenting Artificial Intelligence – CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee Training   CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee provided an excellent update on ‘Computers and IP’ on 22 November in London, including contributions from AA Thornton partner Mike Jennings who chaired a panel discussing patentability of artificial intelligence. The panel focussed on the many technical applications of machine learning… Read more »

  • Mike Jennings attends EPO’s AI Conference

    Commenting on the EPO’s AI discussions Partner Mike Jennings attended the EPO’s AI conference on 30 May, commenting:  “The EPO deserves praise for investing in an excellent discussion with industry and members of the judiciary about the future for AI patenting. The 30 May 2018 conference was part of that discussion. The consultation provided a good… Read more »

Related Publications


  • Mike Jennings attends EPO’s AI Conference

    Commenting on the EPO’s AI discussions Partner Mike Jennings attended the EPO’s AI conference on 30 May, commenting:  “The EPO deserves praise for investing in an excellent discussion with industry and members of the judiciary about the future for AI patenting. The 30 May 2018 conference was part of that discussion. The consultation provided a good… Read more »

  • Preparations for AI patenting in Europe

    Preparations for AI patenting in Europe Patent Partner, Mike Jennings recently wrote a short article on Artificial Intelligence Patenting in Europe for Bio Science today magazine which discusses briefly the timelines of the patenting process and how current legislation has and will continue to change to keep up with the fast technological developments in the industry…. Read more »

  • Changes to the UK Patent Box – 30 June deadline

    There is a deadline of 30 June 2016 for electing into the Patent Box and for patent filing, for UK companies who wish to take full advantage of the current scheme. After 30 June, different rules will apply.