Neil Thornton


Dr. Neil Thornton

Partner - Cambridge Office

Neil joined the firm in 1997 and became a partner in 2005. He practices mainly in biotechnological, pharmaceutical, and chemical patent work. He has particular experience in the fields of immunology, cancer, stem cells, inflammation, analgesia, biomarkers, monoclonal antibodies, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders, nucleic acid testing, and electrochemistry.

Neil has acted for a wide variety of clients, including large multinational pharmaceutical companies, companies in the Cambridge area, and academic institutions. His practice involves the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications worldwide, the handling of oppositions at the European Patent Office, due diligence work, and advice on freedom to operate and general intellectual property strategy.

Neil is a keen amateur musician, and was a choral scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He currently sings with De Profundis in Cambridge. 


  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • Member, One Nucleus
  • Member, European Practitioners in Intellectual Property (union)


  • Degree in natural sciences (specialising in biochemistry and molecular biology), Cambridge University
  • Doctorate in biochemistry (relating to the control of gene expression), Leicester University
  • European Patent Attorney, 2001
  • Chartered Patent Attorney, 2002

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Other activities & achievements

  • Lectured for the last several years on intellectual property for the Masters in Bioscience Enterprise programme at Cambridge University

Cambridge Office

Clarendon House,
Clarendon Road,
Cambridge CB2 8FH.
Tel: +44 (0)1223 360350
Fax: +44 (0)1223 360280

London Office

16 Theobalds Road,
London WC1X 8PL.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7242 0901
Fax: +44 (0)20 7242 3290

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