Dr Craig Turner > AA Thornton > London, England > Lawyer Profile

AA Thornton
Octagon Point
5 Cheapside
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Work Department

Chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.


Dr Craig Turner is a partner within the chemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals patent team and has been in the profession for over 17 years. Craig’s patent practice covers both contentious and non-contentious matters in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology.

Craig’s clients include large corporations in the oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industry sectors. Craig heads up the patent team for one of the firm’s biggest clients, an American multinational corporation and one of the world’s largest oil field service companies. Other clients include SMEs, start out companies and academic institutions.

Craig is a member of the firm’s finance management group and is involved in the implementation of the financial strategy and plans for the firm.


Joined Northampton office A.A. Thornton & Co. 1998; partner 2005. During this time, he gained the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary, University of London, qualifying as a European patent attorney in 2001 and a chartered patent attorney in 2003.


Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA); International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI); European Patent Institute (EPI).


Trinity College, Cambridge University (BA Hons Natural Sciences); Department of Physiology, Cambridge University (PhD in Neurophysiology).

Lawyer Rankings

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

‘Superb’ AA Thornton’s expertise encompasses patent disputes, patent prosecution and opposition work, as well as the management of global patent portfolios. Practice head Geoff Hussey routinely advises clients in relation to IP ownership structures and licensing, amongst other matters. Other recommended lawyers include Adrian BennettCraig Turner and Mike Jennings, who all possesses extensive litigation experience. Daniel Byrne has worked on telecoms, pharma and renewable energy patent litigation.

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

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Craig Turner AA Thornton

AA Thornton is praised by clients for its ‘deep understanding of the complexities within the biotech landscape’, and it handles large volumes of patent filing applications to the EPO and UKIPO. The practice’s client base is broad ranging, encompassing SMES, individual investors, and international corporations across Europe, North America, India, and the Far East. Sectors of strength for the team include life sciences, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, computing, telecoms, construction, engineering, manufacturing, oil and gas, and aerospace industries, amongst others. The team is especially skilled in patent work regarding complex computer-implemented technologies, for example, quantum computing, artificial intelligence, computer simulation, and modelling. Managing partner Adrian Bennett leads the engineering, physics, and mechanical devices group with significant experience in EPO opposition proceedings. ‘Excellent attorney’ Craig Turner heads up the chemistry, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals team, and he has extensive expertise in contentious matters. Turner is supported by senior associate Leonita Paulraj and Marianne Privett, who manages global patent portfolios. Mike Jennings chairs the electrical engineering, electronics telecoms, and IT patents department.