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AA Thornton enters the IAM Patent 1000 this year thanks to its fast-growing patent group, comprised of both technically capable patent attorneys and versatile solicitors. Its busy prosecution practice serves a diverse group of SMEs based all over the world and operating in sectors as varied as pharmaceuticals, information technology and green technology. Getting the practice noticed is Craig Turner, who has been working in the IP field for 25 years and has a stellar track record before the EPO – the life sciences are his focus. Joining him are Adrian Robert Bennett and Mike Jennings. Bennett, who has been with the firm since 1996, chairs the partnership and sits within the mechanical engineering department, while “strategic thinker” Jennings has a computing and physics background and brings experience of working both in private practice and in-house at IBM. “Mike is top-class in terms of his knowledge, skills and expertise. He is highly regarded as an AI expert and provides creativesolutions.”
Mike Jennings is a partner at AA Thornton, a specialist IP firm based in London that has highly rated patent and trademark teams and a talented, fast-growing and well-integrated IP litigation and legal team.
Mr Jennings believes the European patent system gives highly predictable outcomes when companies choose the best patent professionals, so patent applicants should be achieving a very high success rate, and all patent proprietors and opponents should be receiving clear advice on which strategies will succeed and which will not. Companies that need to improve their success rate or need clear strategic advice should contact AA Thornton.
Mr Jennings’s clients nominated him for IAM Patent 1000 for his strategic advice and problem-solving abilities, and for his expertise in patenting computer-related inventions, including computer simulation and artificial intelligence. He has in-house experience at IBM, vast experience of EPO and UKIPO prosecution, and EPO oppositions, and an enviable success rate at the EPO Boards of Appeal. He leads a highly skilled team of patent attorneys at AA Thornton.
The majority of Mr Jennings’s corporate clients have worked with him for many years and value his ability to steer challenging cases to the best possible result. Recent career highlights include work in quantum computing, 3D printing and AI-related projects for relatively new clients and work with Innovate UK to support ambitious and innovative UK companies that need cost-effective strategic advice.
He was appointed to the Standing Advisory Committee before the EPO (SACEPO) by the current EPO president and his predecessor. He is the vice chair of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ (CIPA) Computer Technology Committee; a member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property’s Standing Committee on IT and Internet; and a member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s AI and New Emerging Technologies Committee. Mike is often invited by CIPA to share knowledge with other UK attorneys and IP organisations in other countries. He is a member of AA Thornton’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.