Speaker Profile

Julie Barrett-Major

Job TitleConsulting Attorney

Company NameA.A. Thornton & Co.


Julie began training in 1979 and qualified at Wellcome (now GSK), after which she moved to Sandoz (now Novartis) in Basel, Switzerland  Julie later acted as Head of the European Patent Department  for Merck & Co., Inc., and became a member of the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)’s IP Committee. 

After a period in private practice, when much of her chemical work was for cosmetics and ingredients companies, such as Henkel and Revlon, Julie set up a consultancy specialising in providing in-house style patent services to cosmetics/life sciences companies.  Here, her clients included Boots, Croda Chemicals and Reckitt & Colman (now Reckiitt Benckiser). 

Most recently, Julie founded and then directed the intellectual property department at Norgine, a European specialty pharmaceutical company.  Beginning with patents, Julie and her team ultimately took charge of the company’s trademarks portfolio, and also dealt with various design and copyright aspects of the company’s business.  Her experience at Norgine continued and deepened Julie’s experience of the IP aspects of formulation and process technologies, and of in- and out-licensing, venture capital, and late-stage product and commercial development.

Julie joined A.A. Thornton & Co., the Intellectual Property Law firm, in May 2016 on a short term contract and accepted a permanent position as a Consulting Attorney in January 2017.  AA Thornton includes a specialist cosmetics team, including Emily Cottrill (Partner, Chemistry and Biotechnology expert) and Varuni Paranavitana (Solicitor and litigation expert).


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