Celebrating Success: AA Thornton Recognised for Patent Expertise

Europe's leading patent firm recognised for patent expertise.

The partners of AA Thornton wish to thank our clients for their positive feedback and endorsements that have led to recent awards and our continued ranking as one of Europe’s leading patent firms. Our attorneys, Adrian Bennett, Craig Turner and Mike Jennings have been recognised for their patent expertise in the IAM Patent 1000 – The… Read more »

AA Thornton Shortlisted for MIP Awards

We are thrilled to share that Managing Intellectual Property has shortlisted AA Thornton in two categories at this year’s Managing IP EMEA Awards 2023. Congratulations to our Legal & Litigation team for their nominations. Categories Patent Disputes Trade Mark Disputes The Managing IP annual awards ceremony highlights the achievements made in the IP industry, across… Read more »

Why are there so few women inventors?

Women inventors : Leading businesses, fueling scientific advancements, inspiring trends, and driving trans formative change.

Around the world women are building businesses, driving scientific breakthroughs, setting new trends and propelling change. World IP Day 2023 celebrates the achievements of women inventors, creators and entrepreneurs and their ground-breaking work. Led by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) it also flags an issue: ‘Too few women are participating in the intellectual property (IP)… Read more »

UK Trademarking in the Metaverse: NFTs for Goods and Services

It is not a surprise that the UK IPO has seen an increase in the number of trade mark applications which attempt to protect goods and services offered in the Metaverse. In Tribunal Practice Notice 2/2023 (“TPN 2/23”), which was published in April 2023, the UK IPO issued guidance on the correct classification of non-fungible… Read more »

UK Joins CPTPP and Secures Exemption from Grace Period Requirement

Good news for UK businesses, the UK Government has agreed a deal to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) with a well-negotiated exemption. The CPTPP is a free trade agreement between 11 countries, which reduces trade and investment barriers between members by eliminating tariffs and establishing common rules. The Agreement includes… Read more »

Iceland (country) v Iceland (supermarket) – another chapter of the trade mark saga closed

In September 2022, I considered some recent developments in the Iceland trade mark saga in this article. Following those developments, the Grand Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (‘EUIPO’) has dismissed the appeals of Iceland Foods Limited (‘Iceland Foods’) and decided to invalidate its ICELAND trade marks. Background The British chain… Read more »

McLaren triples up and Ford brings it home

In a look at some of the latest patent filings in the automotive industry we highlight McLaren’s patent application to a powertrain using three electric motors, and application by Ford for a car that can drive itself away if the owner fails to keep up with repayments! McLaren – Patent Publication no. EP4112349 British supercar… Read more »