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 World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2023. Mike received further recognition as one of the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Leaders 2023.

These achievements build on the firm’s top-ranking position for patents in The Legal 500, along with recognition in FT’s Europe’s Leading Patent Firms and MIP’s Patent Stars. These awards, coupled with recent recognition of our trade mark attorneys and IP solicitors, reflect our vision: ‘to be the first choice in IP, driven by exceptional people achieving outstanding results.’ We extend heartfelt thanks to our clients and colleagues for their unwavering support, as it remains the driving force behind our pursuit of this vision.

About IAM 1000

The IAM Patent 1000 is a distinguished guide that identifies top patent professionals in key jurisdictions across the globe. It showcases firms and individuals who excel in this area of practice. With over a decade of history, this guide is a trusted resource for those seeking expertise in patents.

About WIPR

WIPR Leaders functions as a comprehensive annual guide that recognizes leading IP practitioners in patent, trademark, and copyright law. This guide is published by World IP Review, a bimonthly magazine that offers essential news and analysis on the challenges faced by businesses and legal practitioners active in Intellectual Property.


Meet our attorneys who received these latest awards:

Adrian Bennett, Partner and Patent Attorney specializing in Engineering, Physics and Mechanical devices, holding expertise in Robotics, Fluid mechanics, Medical devices, Control systems, Oil & Gas exploration technology, Power tools, Engine design, 3D printing and Aerospace. Clients highly recommend Adrian for his “brilliant performance” and high success rate in EPO oppositions and opposition appeals in engineering and robotics. Adrian was recognised in IAM Patent 1000 2022 and Legal500 2023.

What our clients say about Adrian:

“I have worked with this firm many years and their services are wonderful and the prices very fair. I highly recommend the partner Adrian Bennett.”

“I don’t know what I would do without you, but I sure don’t want to find out!”


Craig Turner, Partner and Patent Attorney in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical patents department, brings significant expertise in Pharmaceuticals, Antibodies and Cell therapy, Oil, Gas & Petrochemicals, Agrochemistry and Medical Devices. Praised by clients for his “meticulous preparation and outstanding advocacy skill”, “a stellar track record before the EPO.” Craig was recently recognised in IAM Patent 1000 2022 and Legal500 2023.

What our clients say about Craig:

“Patent attorney par excellence Craig Turner of AA Thornton is an inspired choice for all manner of chemistry, biotech and pharmaceutical oral proceedings.”

“Craig Turner is an absolutely outstanding attorney. He has managed to obtain patent grants in the most difficult (and sometimes hopeless) cases. Craig is an excellent advocate in addition to his more usual, routine patent agent work. Finally, he always responds to written questions very quickly, and is always very happy to set up phone discussions and face-to-face meetings. In short: an attorney of the highest calibre.”


Mike Jennings, Partner and Patent Attorney in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms and IT patents department, is recognised for his strategic advice, patent prosecution and advocacy as well as being a thought-leader in computer-related inventions. Mike was recognised amongst the leading patent attorneys and IP strategists with awards/recognition including: IAM Strategy 300 – Global Leaders 2023, Legal500 2023, MIP’s Patent Stars 2023, IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2022, IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2022.

What our clients say about Mike:

“Mike Jennings is a “brilliant patent prosecutor and advocate for his clients” and a “thought-leader in the development of the law around subject matter eligibility for AI and computer-implemented inventions.”

“Mike Jennings has the benefit of both a very creative approach to legal problem solving and an engagement in the patent community generally and with the EPO and UKIPO, which gives him the ability to understand and even help guide the offices towards appropriate solutions to their challenges while also giving his clients access to insights into the current law and its potential and likely developments.”

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