Our services are centred around intellectual property that can be registered. We protect innovation, design, and branding across all sectors of industry, and at all stages in the supply chain.

For each IP right we offer services covering strategic advice, pre-registration searches, registrations and renewals, oppositions and dispute resolution. We handle work throughout the world, working with local colleagues in over 100 countries.


Our attorneys specialise in one or more sectors of industry, which enables them to provide quality advice with a commercial focus.

Our patent specialists have detailed understanding of the background technology, which ensures that your patent applications are prepared with the correct scope, reducing the likelihood of challenges from third parties and objections from the patent office.

They also advise whether other forms of protection would be more appropriate. Our brand specialists work with brand managers for leading brands and their advice is commercially focussed making sure that you get the best value from your budget.

Neil Thornton



Cambridge Office

Call+44 (0)1223 360 350


Neil Thornton has particular expertise in handling patent work for small and medium-sized enterprises in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals sector.

Neil joined Reddie & Grose in 1997 and became a partner in 2005.

Neil practices mainly in biotechnological, pharmaceutical, and chemical patent work. He has particular experience in the fields of immunology, cancer (particularly cancer immunotherapy), neurodegenerative diseases, complement-mediated disorders, age-related macular degeneration, stem cells, gene therapy, inflammation, analgesia, biomarkers, monoclonal antibodies, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases, diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders, nucleic acid testing, antimicrobial agents, wound healing and electrochemistry.

Neil has acted for a wide variety of clients, including large multinational pharmaceutical companies, companies in the Cambridge area, and academic institutions. He has particular experience of working for small and medium-sized enterprises. An inventor of one such company was recently named as a finalist in the SME category for the European Inventor Award by the European Patent Office.

Neil’s 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 one of the IAM Top 1000 patent attorneys 2021.

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

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