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Clive Thorne Joins Baker Botts as Special Counsel in London IP Practice

LONDON, 7 February, 2017 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that Clive Thorne has joined the firm as Special Counsel in the Intellectual Property department of the London office.

“Clive is a highly regarded litigator and specialist in Intellectual Property litigation and arbitration, including patents, designs, copyright, branding and trade secrets with a distinguished pedigree, and I am delighted that he has chosen to join our firm,” said Barton E. Showalter, Chair of the Intellectual Property Department at Baker Botts and partner in the Dallas office.

“Clive is a great addition to our London practice and I am excited about the prospect of working with such a talented senior litigator,” added Mark Rowley, Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s London office. “As we continue to build on our international capabilities, particularly with clients seeking representation in Asia, his unmatched experience in the conduct of multi-jurisdictional litigation and cross-border IP matters will help to grow our IP practice.”

”I very much look forward to working alongside such a commercially focused lawyer who can lead core IP matters for businesses of all stages effectively and is so highly sought after for his design, trade mark, trade secrets and patent work, ” commented Neil Coulson, a London based partner and Chair of the London Intellectual Property Department.

Before joining Baker Botts, Clive Thorne served as a partner in the IP and Commercial Team at Wedlake Bell. He previously spent three years as a partner at RPC and 23 years as a partner and head of the IP practices at Denton Hall and at Arnold & Porter. Mr. Thorne qualified in 1977 with Clifford-Turner and spent four years practising in Hong Kong.  

Mr. Thorne is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators.

Mr. Thorne is also a founding member of The Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation and formerly Vice Chair of the Disputes sub-committee of the IBA Technology Committee.  He is an established writer and lecturer on Intellectual Property Law, and joint author of the User's Guide to Copyright Law and User's Guide to Design Law published by Bloomberg Professional.

Mr. Thorne is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales. He is also admitted to practice in Hong Kong and Victoria, Australia. He has an MA (Hons) in Law from Cambridge University.

With over 180 lawyers and IP professionals holding over 220 technical degrees, Baker Botts’ IP practice provides unparalleled service, experience and capability in the high technology and life sciences field.


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