Nick South


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.

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Practice Areas
  • Patents
Industries of Focus
  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Electronics & Electrical Engineering
  • IT & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals
  • Cleantech (Clean Technology)
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
Professional Memberships
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the European Patent Institute (EPI)
  • He joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in 1997
  • He became a Senior Associate in 2006
  • Nick was promoted to Partner in September 2018
  • 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
  • German