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Nick South


A.A. Thornton & Co

Nick South is a Partner and a UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney in the Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT patents department. Nick deals with patent issues across a wide range of areas, including electromagnetic sensors, semiconductor technology, electric motors, overhead power cables and medical instruments.


  • Design Rights
  • Patents

Core Responsibilities

  • Dealing with large and small clients, mainly obtaining patent protection and design registrations
  • Advising on related issues such as infringement and validity questions, and handling European opposition proceedings
  • Member of the management committee
  • Member of the IT and IP systems committee
  • Lectures on the CIPA Patent Administrators course


  • He joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in 1997
  • He became a Senior Associate in 2006
  • Nick was promoted to Partner in September 2018


  • German


  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Electronics & Electrical Engineering
  • IT & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals


  • MA & M Eng Engineering, Trinity College, Cambridge University
  • Advanced Course in Design, Manufacture & Management (Post-graduate certificate), Cambridge University
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Qualified as a UK chartered and European patent attorney in 2001
  • Qualified as a European design attorney

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the European Patent Institute (EPI)

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AA Thornton’s letter of recommendation to the EPO 2019

AA Thornton’s advice for EPO management EPO President Mr António Campinos invited AA Thornton to provide recommendations for the EPO’s strategic plan for 2019-2023, and our letter is shown below. AA Thornton has actively encouraged the EPO in several of its recent initiatives. The ‘Early Certainty from Search’ scheme and the recent major reorganisation of… Read more »

Partner promotions at AA Thornton

The partners of AA Thornton are very pleased to announce that Alex Bone, Sarah Darby, Nikesh Patel, Dr Marianne Privett and Nick South have become Partners of the firm as from September 2018. All are extremely experienced attorneys, and valued members of their patent and trade marks teams. Alex is a patent attorney in our… Read more »

Related Events

  • Motorsport Industry Association Summer Reception

    Motorsport Industry Association Summer Reception Attorneys Marianne Privett, Nick South, Nidhi Mukhuty and David Blair from the Automotive & Aerospace team attended the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) summer reception at the House of Lords. The prestigious event hosted 200 delegates of influence in the motorsport and automotive sectors, including MPs and Lords, who witnessed the… Read more »

Related Publications

  • UK and the UPC: What Will Happen Post-Brexit?

    UK and the UPC: What Will Happen Post-Brexit? Partner and Solicitor Geoff Hussey, and  Patent Attorney Nick South write for Lawyer Monthly on behalf of the Charted Institute of Patent Attorneys on Brexit, and what is likely to happen over the next 9 months.  This article was published originally by Lawyer Monthly  on 29 June… Read more »

  • A picture of health – how Bosch is making Hospitals smarter

    Engineering and electronics manufacturer Bosch recently set out details of how its products are helping hospitals to become ‘smarter’ in the way they provide their services and manage their valuable medical equipment []. A longstanding client of A.A. Thornton & Co., Bosch is a household name for consumers in the areas of power tools and… Read more »

  • Turning a corner – overcoming a bad biking habit

    One of my abiding memories of learning to ride a motorbike is the sound of my instructor’s voice in my radio earpiece, telling me calmly (but with increasing frustration): “Cancel your indicator”, whenever I rode away from a junction. As a car driver, I am used to the car taking care of this as I… Read more »