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Mike Jennings

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A.A. Thornton & Co.

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Electrical, electronics, telecoms and IT.

Position

Partner Mike Jennings  specialises in patent protection, oppositions and advice for a range of technologies including areas of physics, electrical engineering and computer-related inventions. Mike has more than 20 years' experience handling patent drafting and prosecution of European, PCT and UK patent applications in areas such as telecommunications, electromagnetic and optical sensing technologies for locating hydrocarbons and for detecting gases, and computing technologies including software, semiconductor devices and processing, computer circuitry, processors and storage systems. Mike also handles a substantial opposition case load, and advises on infringement and validity of patents.

Mike's clients include multinational corporations and leading companies in the UK and many other countries, including clients in the oil and gas industry, the telecommunications sector, engineering, gas detection, consumer electronics and computing.

Mike is a member of the marketing management group, and plays an active role in the implementation of the marketing, advertising and new business strategies.

Career

Joined the patent profession in 1990 and spent two years handling electrical patent work with Spruson & Ferguson in Sydney, Australia and gained several years' experience as an in-house senior patent attorney for IBM in the UK, handling invention reviews, patent drafting and prosecution and licensing; joined A.A. Thornton & Co 2007; became partner 2008.

Member

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); European Patent Institute (EPI); Computer Technology Committee of CIPA; Licensing Executives Society (LES).

Education

University of Bristol (BSc Hons Physics).

Leisure

Mike grew up on the south coast of England and loves messing about in boats. He remains blindly optimistic that he will one day convert this enthusiasm to some modest racing success (at least he might get a sun tan while trying!).


London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

PATMA: Patent attorneys

Within: PATMA: Patent attorneys

A.A. Thornton & Co.’s level of service is β€˜outstanding’ – β€˜timeliness and appropriateness of advice are a constant’ according to clients, who rate the level of scientific knowledge displayed by the partners and associate lawyers as β€˜excellent’. The team is highly experienced in European and UK patent prosecution and EPO oppositions and appeals, and following the arrival of IP litigator Geoff Hussey, who joined from Bird & Bird LLP, the team is increasingly handling high-stakes contentious patent cases. Highlights included successfully representing RSR in patent infringement proceedings in Germany relating to a medical diagnostic kit; acting for a well-known British tea company on assessing and mitigating the legal risks associated with a new product launch, which involved infringement analysis of a number of third party patents; and assisting a US multinational corporation with the defence of EPO opposition proceedings relating to licensed technology used in the oil & gas industry. According to clients, Craig Turner’s main strength is β€˜his ability to quickly understand complex applications’ in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Also recommended are Mike Jennings, for his β€˜technical competence and ability to understand and explain complex arguments’; Marianne Privett and Lawrence King, who are β€˜very knowledgeable both in Chemistry and in IP law’; mechanical engineering specialist Adrian Bennett, Christian Reinders and Christopher Burnett are further names to note.

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