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A A Thornton & Co

A A Thornton & Co

235 HIGH HOLBORN, LONDON, WC1V 7LE

Patent attorneys

Based in London and Northampton, A A Thornton & Co is ‘a very good firm’ for chemical, mechanical and electronics patents, and provides ‘well-considered’ analysis. Craig Turner, in the chemical team, is ‘very persuasive in getting examiners to allow patents in difficult cases’. Mike Jennings, Adrian Bennett and the ‘very prompt’ Emily Cottrill are recommended.

Trade mark attorneys

A A Thornton & Co, which is valued for its ‘business acumen’ and ‘commercial advice’, represents clients in sectors including travel, telecoms, fashion and electronics. Rachel Havard is ‘very thorough’; Ian Gill has ‘in-depth technical knowledge’ and ‘an unparalleled willingness to assist’; and Vanessa Lawrence is ‘a star player’.


What is a trademark or service mark?

A trademark is a brand name. A trademark or service mark includes any word, name, symbol, device, or any combination, used or intended to be used to identify and distinguish the goods/services of one seller or provider from those of others, and to indicate the source of the goods/services.  Although federal registration of a mark is not mandatory, it has several advantages, including notice to the public of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark, legal presumption of ownership nationwide, and exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods/services listed in the registration.

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Trademark, Patent, or Copyright?

A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.  A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol, and/or design that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.

Must all marks be registered?  No, but federal registration has several advantages, including a notice to the public of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark, a legal presumption of ownership nationwide, and the exclusive right to use the mark on or in connection with the goods or services set forth in the registration.

A patent is a limited duration property right relating to an invention, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in exchange for public disclosure of the invention.

A copyright protects works of authorship, such as writings, music, and works of art that have been tangibly expressed.

The Trademark Operation of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) handles trademarks only.  For information on patents, please visit Patents or contact 800-786-9199.  For information on copyrights, please contact the U.S. Copyright Office (a division of the Library of Congress).


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