Mike Jennings

Partner, European & UK Patent Attorney, UPC Representative at AA Thornton
Ranked in IAM/IC, IP management consultancy, Legal, Licensing, Technology transfer
IAM Research

The IAM Strategy 300 focuses exclusively on patent practitioners and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal patent expertise.

IAM Says

Mike Jennings is a “brilliant patent prosecutor and advocate for his clients” and a “thought-leader in the development of the law around subject matter eligibility for AI and computer-implemented inventions”.

Mike Jennings's Profile

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’ clients nominated him for IAM Strategy 300 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.

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