Nick South > AA Thornton > London, England > Lawyer Profile

AA Thornton
Octagon Point
5 Cheapside
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Work Department

Patents: Electrical, electronics, telecoms and IT


Nick is a partner in the firm’s Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT patents department, where he has nearly 20 years of experienceadvising a wide range of clients in patent matters relating to technologies including electromagnetic sensors, semiconductor technology, electric motors and medical instruments, as well as design registrations and unregistered design rights. Nick has long been involved with the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys as a lecturer on their training course for the profession’s patent administrators. He also writes legal updates on developments in patent law, and has been published in Intellectual Property Magazine.

Before joining the firm, Nick followed his Engineering degree by obtaining a post-graduate certificate in Design, Manufacture and Management, visiting over 100 companies and carrying out projects across a range of manufacturing industries, to gain an insight into different manufacturing practices and commercial issues.

Nick is a member of the firm’s systems group, who is responsible for IT hardware and software, including the specialist IP software systems that support the smooth and efficient running of the firm.


  • Nick joined A.A. Thornton & Co. in 1997
  • He became a Senior Associate in 2006
  • Nick was promoted to Partner in September 2018


  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
  • Member of the European Patent Institute (EPI)


  • MA & M Eng Engineering, Trinity College, Cambridge University
  • Advanced Course in Design, Manufacture & Management (Post-graduate certificate), Cambridge University


Sailing, running, flying light aircraft (including aerobatics), golf.