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Rachel Havard


A.A. Thornton & Co

Rachel Havard is a Partner and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Rachel handles a wide range of UK and international trade mark cases. Her portfolio of clients covers a variety of sectors, including fashion retail, automotives, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.


  • Copyright
  • Design Rights
  • Domain Names
  • Trade Marks
  • IP Due Diligence & Freedom to Operate
  • IP Strategy & Audits
  • IP Transactions, Ownership & Licensing
  • Anti-Counterfeiting

Core Responsibilities

  • Clearing of Trade Marks for use and/or registration
  • Advising on appropriate systems for trade mark registration in the UK and worldwide, and pursuing such protection
  • Advising on trade mark enforcement
  • Drafting of co-existence agreements and negotiating amicable settlements
  • Advice upon assignments and changes of ownership and recordal of same
  • Part of the Marketing Committee


  • Rachel began her career in 1995 at Hepworth Lawrence Bryer & Bizley, Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys
  • She joined AA Thornton in 1999
  • She became a partner in 2006


  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Electronics & Electrical Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail


  • LLB Hons Law, University of Glamorgan
  • UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
  • European Trade Mark and Designs Attorney

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)

Awards / Accolades

  • Recommended in Legal 500 UK – “Rachel Havard is also recommended for her handling of a wide range of UK and international trade mark cases”
  • Ranked in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2018

Related News

Brexit update – 5 April 2019

Brexit update Friday 5 April 2019 After yet another rollercoaster week in British politics, further delay to the effective date of Brexit (the “withdrawal date”) is looking increasingly likely. Prime Minister May has written to the EU to request a delay until 30 June 2019, albeit with the proposal that the UK could still leave… Read more »

Brexit update – 15 March 2019

Brexit update – Article 50 extension request Friday 15 March 2019 We have run out of polite adjectives to describe the continued painful progress of the UK Parliament towards some type of negotiated exit from the EU, but over the past few days the UK Parliament has again rejected the deal proposed by the government,… 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… Read more »

Related Events

  • 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 »

Related Publications

  • Brexit update: EU Trade Marks

    UK Statutory Legislation on Brexit and EU Trade Marks It remains unlikely that the UK will leave the EU on 29 March without a deal, but the UK Government continues to prepare the UK’s statute book for exit from the EU, including in the area of intellectual property, with several IP focussed Statutory Instruments being… Read more »

  • Brexit update – December 2018

    EU Trade Marks and Community Designs – Deal, no deal, or no Brexit at all? What is the current situation? Considerable doubt remains about how, when or even if the UK will leave the EU. However, if the UK leaves without a deal then the outcome in relation to IP should be essentially the same… Read more »

  • J. Choo Limited v Liangliang Ren

    “If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything.” – Iris Apfel Introduction Not according to the EUIPO in the recent decision in Opposition No. B002757717 of J. Choo Limited v Liangliang Ren, when the Opposition Division handed down a decision to reject the mark: for “Electric… Read more »