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  • Number of Employees: 74
  • Number of Partners: 9
  • Number of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 10
  • Number of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 7
  • Number Of Qualified Trade Mark Attorneys: 6
  • Location: London
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The firm

A.A. Thornton & Co. is a leading firm of intellectual property professionals, including UK Chartered and European patent attorneys, registered and European trade mark attorneys and IP solicitors based in London. Our heritage dates back over 100 years, making us one of the UK’s longest-established and leading specialists in the field. We provide a comprehensive range of IP services. These cover all areas of patent, trade mark and design law and are structured to ensure full national and international protection. We also provide a full domain name service, covering both use and registration, as well as having our own in-house litigation team.

Our clients range from multinational corporations, to SMEs, to individual inventors, across a broad spectrum of industries and market sectors. Our client base covers the UK and many other parts of the globe, notably Europe, North America, India and the Far East.

Our requirements

For patent work, we require a science or engineering degree with a proven academic track record. Typically we require a law or language-based degree for our trade mark trainees. All candidates are required to demonstrate good analytical and communication skills with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. It is important that candidates enjoy working as part of a team and have a commercial approach to their work.

Professional development

Trainees are assigned to a partner or associate who supervises all aspects of training. Trainees receive a broad range of work, which encompasses a variety of technical areas. The firm actively encourages trainees through both in-house training and external courses and lectures. Trade mark trainees are supported to pass their qualifying examinations to become a registered Trade Mark Attorney, and patent attorneys to qualify as both a Chartered Patent Attorney and European patent attorney.

Qualified attorneys attend regular in-house CPD seminars and are encouraged to continually review their own development in the context of the firm’s career development framework.

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