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A.A. Thornton & Co.

Work 020 7405 4044
Fax 020 7405 3580
London, Munich

Ian Gill

Work 020 7440 6841
A.A. Thornton & Co.

Work Department

Trade marks, patents, designs and copyright.


Ian Gill has been a partner since 2001 and is currently the firm’s partnership chairperson with responsibility for working with the other partners to set the long term strategic direction of the firm. With over 20 years in the field, Ian specialises in contentious and non-contentious issues relating to trade marks and design. Ian’s technical expertise spans the full spectrum of intellectual property law, including trade marks, registered designs and patents. The bulk of his work relates to trade mark prosecution and enforcement, including related issues such as intellectual property portfolio management and domain name dispute resolution proceedings.

Ian’s clients span a diverse range of industries, but his particular focus is in the food and beverage and fashion sectors.

Ian also leads the firm’s systems group, who are responsible for IT hardware and software, including the specialist IP software systems that support the smooth and efficient running of the firm.


Joined A.A. Thornton & Co. 1994; partner 2001. Professional qualifications include: registered trade mark attorney, European trade mark attorney, chartered patent attorney and European patent attorney.


Chartered Patent Attorneys (CIPA); Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA); International Trade Mark Association (INTA); International federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI); Pharmaceutical Trade Mark Group (PTMG).


Bristol University (B Eng Aeronautical Engineering); Queen Mary and Westfield College, London University (MSc IP law).

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Within: PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

The 'excellent' A.A. Thornton & Co. 'goes the extra mile to provide outstanding customer service' and has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Ian Gill is known for his 'commercial and pragmatic advice' and recently acted for eHarmony in opposing another party's registration of the mark 'matchedharmony' for an online dating website. Vanessa Lawrence focuses on the fashion, food and drink, travel and telecoms sectors, and Rachel Havard is active in the fashion, retail, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. IP litigator Geoff Hussey is also recommended and acted for Primark whose registration of 'Love to Lounge' was opposed by Lidl.

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