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    The Firm

    AA Thornton is an award winning IP firm with our base in London. Our diverse team includes patent, trade mark and design attorneys, as well as IP 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, trade mark, design and copyright law.

    Having an excellent understanding of our clients’ requirements and the challenges they face is key to us delivering commercial, insightful legal advice. We field highly qualified industry teams made up of attorneys and solicitors who work closely together to share knowledge and experience. We firmly believe it’s our people and teamwork that make the difference and that this sets us apart from other firms.

    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 are proactive in contributing ideas.

    Professional development

    Trainees are assigned a partner or senior associate, who supervises all aspects of training and takes a personal approach to support and mentoring. 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 Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, and patent trainees to qualify as both a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney. Qualified attorneys attend regular in-house CPD seminars and ongoing learning is encouraged in the context of the firm’s career development framework. As one of the first signatories of IP Inclusive Charter, we work hard to ensure our internal communication and our wellbeing and inclusion strategies are a business priority, and underpin our belief that everyone should be able to bring their whole self to work.

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    Employee Numbers (approx.)

    • Number of Employees: 65
    • Number of Partners: 12
    • Number of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 12
    • Number of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 4
    • Number Of Qualified Trade Mark Attorneys: 7
    • Number Of Trainee Trade Mark Attorneys: 1

    Early Careers – Annual Opportunities

    • Graduate Jobs: 3

    Office Locations

    • London

    Areas of Specialism

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Electronics
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Engineering - Other
    • Life Sciences
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Physics
    • Technology
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