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We are a leading Intellectual Property firm based in London. Our team of committed and passionate individuals includes patent, trade mark and design…
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AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 6 Feb 2023

M&S Gin Win

In the recent case of Marks and Spencer PLC v Aldi Stores Limited [2023] EWHC 178 (IPEC) (the latest instalment of disputes between the two…
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AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 3 Feb 2023

Excess Clams Fees Around the World

Back in April 2018, the UK IPO introduced additional claims fees of £20 for each claim of a UK patent application over 25. Prior to this change, a UK…
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AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 30 Jan 2023

Absolutely Not Registerable Roundup- January 2023

As Trade Mark Attorneys, one of the questions we are asked on an almost daily basis is whether new marks are registrable. As UK IPO practice is…
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AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 27 Jan 2023

Why your International trade marks and designs designating the UK are at risk if you do not appoint a UK address for service

The UK IPO has just announced a change in its practice on the service of inter partes proceedings. This change affects parties who do not have a UK…
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AA Thornton | European Union, United Kingdom | 16 Jan 2023

What should you keep in mind when trying to protect non-traditional marks in the fashion industry?

It is no surprise that securing registered protection for the aesthetic appearance and external elements of fashion items is highly desirable for…
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AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 11 Jan 2023

Can Bubbles Clean Rivers?

The problem of plastics polluting the planet’s rivers and oceans is well known. The use of plastics, particularly single use plastics, has been…
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AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 9 Jan 2023

Why is Diligent Due Diligence Important?

The main value of many technology merger or acquisition deals may not lie in tangible property like buildings or stock Inventory. Often the value…
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AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 14 Dec 2022

Sustainable innovations in cosmetics packaging

The cosmetics and personal care industry has become increasingly concerned with clean beauty and sustainable beauty over recent years. This has…
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AA Thornton | Global, United Kingdom | 12 Dec 2022

Has the UK IPO been incorrectly applying the address for service rules in relation to International Registrations? Find out what Geoffrey Hobbs QC, sitting as the Appointed Person, thinks and what this might mean for overseas trade mark holders and their attorneys.

An invalidity action was filed against a UK designation and the UK IPO sent a notification by registered post to the Australian holder of the…
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AA Thornton | United Kingdom | 8 Dec 2022

UK IPO Consultation on its plans to modernise - the interesting questions

We welcome the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UKIPO’s) decision to consult on its proposals for updating UK patent law. The UKIPO wishes to…
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