Highlights:

  • Extensive experience of prosecuting applications relating to flight control systems, cockpit instrumentation, composite materials, rotor assemblies and fuel heaters. Worked with the in-house IP department of BAE Systems (on radar technology), along with Northrop Grumman and UAV Engines Ltd. on various engine designs and aircraft systems; while currently works with Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. on their European patent portfolio.
  • Lead IP advisor on the full product development lifecycle for Britvic’s “Turbo Tango” innovative beverage dispensing mechanism. The work in relation to this product enabled Britvic to corner the market for foam beverages by providing broad patent protection for pressurised foam dispensers, while the freedom-to-operate advice allowed Britvic to launch the product within the UK without risk of patent infringement
  • Advised IHI Southwest Technologies, Inc. in restoring its European wide Nitrocision LLC patent for cryogenic processes. During the restructuring of the company, the renewal of a key patent portfolio was overlooked. All of the patent rights in Europe had to be urgently restored which consisted of a multi-jurisdictional restoration programme being rolled out in over 10 European countries. The patent rights were eventually restored enabling the commercial success in cryogenic processes to continue
  • Worked very closely with medical specialists and Oxford University Innovation to obtain global protection for a revolutionary optical prosthetic that is enabling partially sighted individuals to regain their independence and mobility. From initial discussions with the inventors to prosecuting the application through to grant before numerous Patent Offices, my advice and work has been integral to each step of the product development lifecycle

“From his comprehensive preparation of my patent specifications to his effective responses to the Patent Office Examiners, I have always found Mark Thurston to be approachable, efficient and supportive, dealing promptly, patiently and thoroughly with my queries. He is an expert in his field.”

Alastair Huddart, Inventor of the Artist’s Drawing Tool revolutionising the way Artists work.