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Sarah Neil


A.A. Thornton & Co

Sarah Neil is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney with experience in trade marks and designs. Sarah’s clients operate in industry sectors such as fashion, telecommunications and food & beverage.


  • Copyright
  • Design Rights
  • Domain Names
  • Trade Marks
  • Anti-Counterfeiting

Core Responsibilities

  • Advising in relation to all aspects of trade mark clearance and searching, filing and prosecution of trade mark applications.
  • Advising in relation to enforcement of trade mark and design rights and handling the prosecution and defence of opposition, revocation and invalidity proceedings before the UK IPO and EU IPO.
  • Advising in relation domain name disputes under the UDRP and at Nominet and assists with domain name portfolio management.
  • Advising in relation to design rights and handling the prosecution of design applications.


  • She joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in 2012
  • Sarah Qualified as a UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in 2015
  • Sarah was promoted to Associate in 2018


  • IT & Communications
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail


  • BA Hons Law, University of Cambridge
  • Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice – Nottingham University
  • Qualified as a UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in 2015
  • European Trade Mark and Designs Attorney

Professional Memberships

  • Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)

Related News

Promoting a career in ideas

AA Thornton team welcomes year 12 students into the world of IP This week we were delighted to welcome a group of year 12 students from St Marylebone School into our London office as part of our IP Inclusive initiative to raise the profile of the various careers in the Intellectual Property industry.  We spent… Read more »

Canada joins the international trade mark system (Madrid System)

Canada to become 104th member of the international trade mark system On 17 June 2019 Canada will become the 104th member of the International trade mark system. As of this date, it will be possible to designate or subsequently designate Canada as part of your International trade mark. The change coincides with the introduction of… Read more »

Launch of TREx service

We are pleased to learn that the Trademark Clearing House (TMCH) has launched a new Trade Mark Registry Exchange (TREx) service which is designed to help trade mark owners protect their brands on the Internet. Many trade mark owners will already be aware that you can register your trade marks in the TMCH. When a… Read more »

Related Publications

  • Let’s cut to the CHEESE – a banquet of IP updates

    Sarah Neil serves up four delicious courses which stretch the boundaries of Intellectual Property in the food industry Here at AAT we love food. Not only do we love eating food, we love cooking food, thinking about food and talking about food. We also love combining food with our other passion: IP. In recent years,… Read more »

  • Transliterations

    Transliterations When filing your trade marks overseas, it is prudent to consider whether it is necessary to file translations and/or transliterations into the local language/script. A trade mark registration in one language will not automatically give you the right to prevent third parties from adopting a translation or a transliteration of your mark. As Trade… Read more »

  • Is it true that if you don’t use it you lose it?

    Is it true that if you don’t use it you lose it? In nearly all territories, trade mark proprietors will come across issues of trade mark use at some point in the life of a trade mark. In countries such as the USA, use of a trade mark is a central theme in the trade… Read more »