Chris Thornham

Chris Thornham


Taylor Wessing

Lawyer Type:
  • Solicitor
Years Qualified:

Taylor Wessing

Personal Profile

Chris acts for clients on patent matters across the full range of technologies, including software, telecommunications, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, medical devices, industrial chemistry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Chris has acted in well over twenty English patent trials and appeals.

Chris also works with patent attorneys and overseas lawyers on coordinated multi-jurisdictional disputes in Europe (including in the EPO, Germany and the Netherlands), the US and elsewhere. Chris advises clients at product development stage and prior to launch, providing patent (non)infringement and (in)validity opinions. Chris also advises companies and investors on patent matters in transactions, such as acquisitions, investments and public offerings.

Chris graduated from Cambridge University in 1992 with a degree in Natural Sciences (studying physics, mathematics, chemistry and physiology and specialising in experimental physics) before studying law and being called to the Bar. Chris trained and practised at the firm from 1993 to 2005, with a period in 2002 in Washington DC and California gaining US patent practice experience. Chris was at another London firm 2005 to 2011 and returned to Taylor Wessing as a partner in July 2011. Chris is a regular invited speaker on patent issues at international conferences and he writes regularly for intellectual property publications. Chris sits on the Advisory Board of Informa’s Intellectual Property Magazine. He is a member of AIPPI and an associate member of the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.


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