Firm Profile > AA Thornton > London, England

AA Thornton
Octagon Point
5 Cheapside
LONDON
EC2V 6AA
England

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 1

AA Thornton impresses with its versatility. Between the engineering, physics and mechanical devices patent team, led by Adrian Bennett, the chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals group led by Craig Turner, and Mike Jennings' electrical engineering, electronics telecoms and IT team, the firm covers a wide range of sectors, with the medical device, oil, gas and petrochemical, automotive and aerospace, financial services and agriculture sectors as core focuses. The wider firm also includes a dedicated litigation team that assists with the development of IP strategies, due diligence matters and commercialisation questions. The majority of clients come from Europe, North America, the Far East and India, including multinationals, small and medium-sized companies, academic institutions and individuals. In March 2021 the firm added Simon Davies, formerly at D Young & Co LLP, as a consultant with computer technology expertise to its team. Lawrence King joined Simmons & Simmons in spring 2021.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Bennett; Craig Turner; Mike Jennings

Other key lawyers:

Nikesh Patel; Nick South; Alex Bone; Marianne Privett; Simon Davies; Stuart Greenwood

Testimonials

The best lawyers that I have worked with due to couple of reasons: 1) Very attentive. When I work with AA Thornton, I always feel like we are a valued party and we have the highest priority for them. 2) Very dedicated – this dedication sets them apart compared to all other firms. 3) They also exceed our expectations on all the other aspects like the calibre of people who have very broad expertise on technical matters.

The EE/Telecom group at AA Thornton are excellent listeners who are able to listen and learn from our insights and smoothly integrate that with their own specialised knowledge of patent practice in their jurisdiction.  Other firms often decide they are the local practitioner and prosecute without much input or without integrating that input since they ‘know best’ locally.  By thoroughly engaging with our knowledge and creatively blending it with their expertise, AA Thornton is able to obtain excellent results in the patent offices they represent us in while also delivering results more in harmony with the worldwide portfolio and more efficiently and effectively than those who are not as in sync with the client’s already hard-earned experience and expertise with their own technology.

The AA Thornton team were excellent from first communication to project delivery. Before on-boarding, detailed considered feedback was provided and a generous amount of time was provided for questions and decision making.

Mike Jennings is both highly skilled and incredibly personable. He tends to be on top of critical issues and is my go-to patent lawyer in Europe for software-related cases and subject matter eligibility issues.

Nikesh Patel is a good listener who effectively and efficiently leads prosecution on telecom and software cases. He develops an effective rapport with the examiners, but also is able to leverage our knowledge of the technology with his own experience in the EPO and UKIPO to deliver strong arguments and results.

Adrian Bennett has been a pleasure to work with. From first communication he has provided excellent communication and insights on a number of matters. I was particularly impressed with the depth of feedback provided before on-boarding us as a client. This, along with Adrian’s friendly, approachable demeanour, was key in our decision to work with AA Thornton.

It has been excellent working with Stuart Greenwood. He has provided great insight into the market we are operating in and has been key for informing our IP strategy. His communication has been excellent throughout, particularly when working to stringent deadlines.

Key clients

Novartis

Halliburton Energy Services

Cipla Ltd

Chevron Philips Chemical Company

Bosch

Associated British Foods

CK Hutchison Holdings Limited

Allegro Microsystems

Servomex

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2

AA Thornton offers a combined attorney and solicitor practice. The versatile team has been very active for retail, insurance and pharmaceuticals clients, but is also experienced in a wide range of other sectors, including the fashion, technology, energy, food and beverage and consumer product sectors. Under the leadership of practice head Ian Gill, the team assists with the development and implementation of trade mark portfolios, transactional matters including due diligence and audits, as well as opposition proceedings to take applications to grant or defend brands. Domain name and design matters are also handled.

Practice head(s):

Ian Gill

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Havard; Sarah Darby; Suzanne Power; Louise Foster; Sarah Neil

Testimonials

The AA Thornton team are knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and extremely professional. They are genuine partners to our business in all things IP. Their billing systems are innovative and generally make our lives very easy.  All the focus is on great quality advice and not having to worry about admin.

The team at AA Thornton takes the time to understand our requirements from a commercial perspective, employs the appropriate expertise to best serve our requirements, and then ensures we are kept fully up to date throughout the whole process.

Ian Gill is excellent – sensible, commercial, pragmatic, responsive.  Suzanne Power is clearly following in the same footsteps.

Ian Gill is a genuine expert, great guy and proper business partner to all of us. Sarah Neil is a super star. Knowledgeable and great to work with!

Sarah Neil never let us down. Always follows up files appropriately and answers urgent requests when needed.

Great communicators, taking a pragmatic approach to our legal issues and offering excellent advice at all times: Louise Foster and Rachel Havard stand out.

They don’t just do what you’ve asked – they’ll challenge you to consider whether what you’re asking for is what you should be asking for. Very useful point to have, which isn’t common in the industry.

Louise Foster responds to queries quickly and also ensures we don’t miss deadlines on our replies at times. She has shown to have very good connections to local attorneys in all our core markets, and has very good understanding of us as a business which helps enormously.’

Key clients

Virgin Enterprises Limited

Admiral Group

J. Choo Limited

Associated British Foods Plc

R. Twinings and Company Limited

Jordans, Dorset, Ryvita Company Limited

Primark

Calor Gas

Equip Outdoor Technologies

Rab

Lowe Alpine

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 5

Led by Geoff Hussey, AA Thornton’s IP litigation team is often instructed in matters concerning patent entitlement and breaches of confidential information before the High Court and IPEC. Recent highlights related to complex quantum computing technology. The team also advises on licensing and joint collaboration matters, particularly in the hi-tech, manufacturing and biotechnology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Hussey

Testimonials

For all UK-related IP matters we use the services of AA Thornton. The patent attorneys are very highly-skilled and the advice provided is always well-explained and clear, including the related costs. They are quickly responsive to any communication and are nice people to do business with. This is an outstanding firm.

Key clients

Virgin Enterprises Limited

Admiral Group

Halliburton Energy Services

Jimmy Choo Limited

Cambridge Quantum Computing

Primark

Paul Smith

Radley & Co.

Robert Bosch GmbH

Associated British Foods Plc

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Although primarily known for its prosecution offering, AA Thornton’s 'knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and extremely professional' litigation practice has secured recent successes in the High Court for major client Virgin Enterprises in trade mark infringement litigation relating to the VIRGIN brand name. Those proceedings were led by practice head Geoff Hussey. Daniel Byrne is also a noted disputes partner, having handled unregistered design rights infringement proceedings in the retail sector.

Practice head(s):

Geoff Hussey

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Byrne

Testimonials

The team at AA Thornton takes the time to understand our requirements from a commercial perspective, and then ensures we are kept fully up to date throughout the whole process – using language we can fully understand!

Knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and extremely professional. They are genuine partners to our business in all things IP. Their billing systems are innovative and generally make our lives very easy. All the focus is on great quality advice and not having to worry about admin.

Geoff Hussey is out and out the best IP lawyer that we work with.

They are quickly responsive to any communication and are nice people to do business with. It this is an outstanding firm.

Key clients

Virgin Enterprises Limited

Admiral Group

Halliburton Energy Services

Jimmy Choo Limited

Cambridge Quantum Computing

Primark

Paul Smith

Radley & Co.

Robert Bosch GmbH

Associated British Foods Plc

We are a leading intellectual property firm based in London and Alicante. Our team of committed and passionate individuals include patent, trade mark and design attorneys, as well as litigation solicitors, working with clients across a huge range of technologies and commercial fields. We provide the full range of IP services to clients around the world, from prosecution to litigation, in patent law, trade mark, design and copyright law.

Having an excellent understanding of our clients’ industries and the challenges they face is key to us delivering commercial, insightful legal advice. Our highly qualified industry teams are made of attorneys and solicitors who work together to share knowledge and experience. We firmly believe it’s our people that make the difference and that this sets us apart from others. Simply stated, we speak our clients’ technical language!

We offer a completely bespoke service at a competitive price. We pride ourselves on our genuine desire to understand the way clients want to work with us, and provide every client with a personalised, superior service that reflects their commercial needs. Our advice is always in-depth, commercial  and accessible. We ensure that your inventions, brands and designs are expertly protected and your risks are minimised.

Our corporate vision is “To be your preferred Intellectual Property Firm”

Department Name Email Telephone
Patents: Engineering, physics and mechanical devices Adrian Bennett
Patents: Electrical, electronics, telecoms and IT Mike Jennings
Patents: Chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals Dr Craig Turner
Patents: Chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals Dr Lawrence King
Trade marks, design rights and copyright Ian Gill
Trade marks, design rights and copyright Rachel Havard
IP litigation and legal Geoff Hussey
Trade marks, design rights and copyright Sarah Darby
Patents: Electrical, electronics, telecoms and IT Nick South
Patents: Electrical, electronics, telecoms and IT Nikesh Patel
Patents: Chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals Dr Marianne Privett
Patents: Engineering, physics and mechanical devices Alex Bone
IP litigation and legal Daniel Byrne
Photo Name Position Profile
 Adrian Bennett  photo Adrian Bennett Adrian is currently the firm’s partnership chairperson with responsibility for working with the…
 Alex Bone  photo Alex Bone Alex is a partner and UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney in…
Mr Daniel Byrne  photo Mr Daniel Byrne Daniel Byrne is a partner and barrister with extensive experience in intellectual…
 Sarah Darby  photo Sarah Darby Sarah is a partner and UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and European…
 Ian Gill  photo Ian Gill Ian Gill has been a partner since 2001.  With over 20 years…
 Rachel Havard  photo Rachel Havard Rachel Havard has been a partner within the trade mark team since…
 Geoff Hussey  photo Geoff Hussey With over 14 years’ experience, Geoff joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in…
 Mike Jennings  photo Mike Jennings Partner Mike Jennings  leads AAThornton’s highly rated Electrical Patents group. He specialises…
 Nikesh Patel  photo Nikesh Patel Nikesh is a partner and UK Chartered and European Patent Attorney inthe…
Dr Marianne Privett  photo Dr Marianne Privett Marianne began her patent career in 2003 at Johnson Matthey. Whilst at…
 Nick South  photo Nick South Nick is a partner in the firm’s Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms &…
Dr Craig Turner  photo Dr Craig Turner Dr Craig Turner is a partner within the chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals…
Number of partners : 13
Number of other fee-earners : 30

CLIENT: Dan Caunt, Head of Legal
COMPANY/FIRM: Admiral Group
TESTIMONIAL: “It is always reassuring to know that we have AA Thornton standing by to advise us all on IP and trade mark matters. Geoff Hussey and his team of lawyers and attorneys always provide us with first class advice and guidance. We would like to thank Sarah Neil for her great work on the recent sale of our European price comparison businesses to ZPG.”


CLIENT: Roland Earl, Director General
COMPANY/FIRM: British Toy and Hobby Association
TESTIMONIAL: “It has been our good fortune to have been a client of AA Thornton for many years in the area of protecting our intellectual property. Ian Gill and his team have assisted us in a plethora of ways in both the protection and arrangement of our trademarks and in their defence in the UK , EU and worldwide as needed. The advice and guidance has been excellent and their always proactive advice has proved invaluable. I have no hesitation in recommending their excellent service “


CLIENT: Emily O’Neill
COMPANY/FIRM: Spectris plc (now moved to Deminor Recovery Services)
TESTIMONIAL: “AA Thornton have provided me with thoughtful, considered and practical support as a Chief IP Counsel across prosecution, infringement analysis and support in the IP aspects of M&A transactions. Mike Jennings and Geoff Hussey provide commercial solutions, approach problems with real business acumen and are collegiate in supporting me to achieve my objectives. Client care at its best!”


CLIENT: Bill Stirling
COMPANY/FIRM: ABP Technology Ltd
TESTIMONIAL: “You [Partner Alex Bone] and your team have been very helpful and efficient during the patent process. Thank you on behalf of Paul, myself and the ABP team.”


AA Thornton has a long established commitment to Diversity and Inclusion as one of the first signatories of the profession wide IP Inclusive Charter in 2016.  Our internal mission statement is:

‘To provide a friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment that enables all staff to work to the best of their abilities’

The statement sets out the principles by which decisions about our people policies are made and underpins the expectation we have of each other in our daily interactions.

‘Bring Your Whole Self to Work’ has been an important aspect of our commitment to diversity and inclusion for several years.  The firms’ leadership and management have taken deliberate actions to continue this theme during the pandemic to ensure people feel supported and included.  The firm initiated a number of short surveys to understand people’s different needs, from which a number of temporary flexible policies and initiatives were put in place to facilitate individual support such as flexibility around family and caring responsibilities/logistics, providing regular guidance to managers in supporting their teams remotely, and signposting access to support when needed.  A calendar of wellness and social activities were put in place to help everyone to stay connected and to support those struggling with the need to work remotely.  Maintaining an environment where people feel able to bring their whole self to work and to be open and authentic, remains a key priority for the firm.

Our internal Diversity & Inclusion Committee members meet regularly to drive forward the D&I agenda and many of our colleagues play an active role in IP Inclusive projects, such as ‘Careers in Ideas’ in which we champion the improvement of access to the intellectual property professions regardless of disability, age, gender, sexual orientation or social, economic and cultural background.  Our diversity and inclusion Partner, Marianne Privett, and Head of People are members of the IP Ability Committee and along with members of our own internal Diversity and Inclusion Committee, we actively encourage all of our staff to attend IP Inclusive or InterLaw events and to become an ally for all groups.  Marianne was recently named as one of WIPR’s global Diversity Champions.

We are delighted to have supported the Sutton Trust summer school for the last two years as well as hosting work shadowing activities.  It was great to see so many of our partners and fee earners getting involved in speed mentoring and networking sessions, providing insights into the careers of Trade Mark Attorneys, Patent Attorneys and IP Solicitors/Litigators. We also contributed to the Sutton Trust Careers Week in April 2021 and held a panel session on ‘Legal roles you never thought of’. Litigation Partner Geoff Hussey hosted the panel with Senior Associate Sarah Neil, representing the TM Attorney profession. We were delighted that clients Dan Caunt (Admiral) and Bill Budd (Virgin) agreed to sit alongside us on the panel.  Additionally, we recently provided work experience for university students in the form of remote Insight days, which ensured the experience was accessible and flexible.