EU Design Law Reforms: New Changes to Take Effect in 2024

The EU Parliament has now approved reforms to EU design law, we set out below some of the key changes.   What’s happening? Proposals to amend the law were suggested in November 2022. In December 2023, the provisional law was published and it was adopted by the European Parliament in March 2024. The new Directive… Read more »

AA Thornton IP LLP Shortlisted in Managing IP Awards 2024

Managing IP Awards 2024

We’re pleased to announce that AA Thornton IP LLP is shortlisted in three categories at the Managing IP Awards 2024. We also congratulate our partner Mike Jennings for his nomination as Patent Practitioner of the Year. Our firm is recognised for: UK Patent Disputes UK Trade Mark Disputes UK Patent Practitioner of the Year –… Read more »

Mike Jennings takes on new roles in SACEPO for 2024-2026 term

EPO Office - SACEPO - Mike Jennings

AA Thornton IP LLP is committed to playing a proactive role in supporting and enhancing the European patent system. In alignment with this commitment, our partner, Mike Jennings, will extend his involvement with the Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO) by taking on two new roles for the 2024-2026 term. Mike will… Read more »

EPO Introduces New Fee Reduction Scheme for “Micro-Entities”

EPO Fee Reduction

As of April 1, 2024, the European Patent Office (EPO) are implementing reduced fees for “micro-entities”, to support small-scale innovators. The scheme, will apply to both European patent applications and Euro-PCT applications, offering eligible entities a generous 30% reduction across all primary fees involved in the patent grant process. Eligibility Criteria To qualify for these… Read more »

Geoff Hussey recognised as Stand-Out Lawyer 2024

Thomson Reuters has once again recognised AA Thornton’s Geoff Hussey as a Stand-out Lawyer in 2024.   The Sharplegal study by Thomson Reuters involves more than 2,000 senior in-house legal counsel globally nominating up to three lawyers. These lawyers are ones they’ve worked with over the past year who’ve significantly stood out to them, distinguishing… Read more »

Ian Gill recognised again in WTR 1000

WTR 1000 has again recognised AA Thornton’s Ian Gill as one of the World’s Leading Trade Mark Professionals in 2024.   WTR 1000 – the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals 2024 – identifies the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and is a resource for… Read more »

Recommended in the 2024 JUVE Patent UK rankings

Abstract - Juve Patent UK

We are thrilled to once again be recommended by JUVE Patent for patent filing in technical specialties. In the 2024 JUVE Patent UK rankings, our expertise has been highlighted for: Chemistry Digital Communication and Computer Technology Energy and Environmental Technology   JUVE Patent, based Germany, is a key source for information on the European patent… Read more »

Mike Jennings: Global Leader in IAM Strategy 300 2024

Mike Jennings of AA Thornton IP LLP has been recognised again as an IAM Strategy 300 ‘Global Leader’ for 2024. He is also recognised by IAM as one of The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.     The IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders list includes the individuals they identify as the world’s leading IP experts, renowned for… Read more »