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    The firm

    AA Thornton are a leading Intellectual Property firm based in London. Our diverse team of committed and passionate individuals includes 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, 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.

    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 at AA Thornton

    Trainees are assigned to a partner or senior associate, who supervises all aspects of training and takes a person-centered 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 registered 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 are encouraged to continually review their own development in the context of the firm’s career development framework.

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    • Number of Employees: 56
    • Number of Partners: 12
    • Number of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 15
    • Number of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 1
    • Number Of Qualified Trade Mark Attorneys: 7
    • Number Of Trainee Trade Mark Attorneys: -
    • Opportunities Offered: Placements, Graduate Jobs, Experienced
    • Career Sectors: Patents, Trade Marks
    • No. of Undergraduate Opportunities: See Website
    • No. of Graduate Jobs: Typically up to 3 per year, subject to business need
    • Disciplines Recruited From: Patents: science, engineering; Trade Marks: law/language-based; Litigation: Law
    • No. of Days Holiday: 26 increasing to 28+ b/h
    • Benefits: Flexitime, Healthcare, Pension Scheme, Performance Bonus, Season Ticket Loan, Study Support
    • Other Benefits: Exam bonus, Agile Working (trial in progress)
    • UK Office Locations: London
    • How to Apply: By Email
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