Penelope Thornton | London | Hogan Lovells

Penelope Thornton

Counsel Knowledge Lawyer Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology



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Penelope Thornton
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Penny Thornton trained with Hogan Lovells and qualified into our international Intellectual Property, Media and Technology practice in 2004. Penny has substantial experience in dealing with both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and matters for clients in the media sector. 

She focuses on copyright and related rights, database rights, design rights and confidential information and broadcasting regulation. She has a diploma in UK, U.S. and EU copyright law.

Representative experience

Advising a global digital business on the copyright and regulatory aspects of launching a new service in the UK, including advice on the legality of proposed functionality.

Writing and advising on the provisions and impact of the new  EU Copyright Directive, including  articles for journals  including AIPPI Japan.

Preparing a multi-jurisdictional research brief for a major South African Pay-TV operator on the approach of the regulators in various jurisdictions to convergence and the regulation of VOD services.

Advising a UK music collecting society on its negotiations with a major broadcaster for broadcasting members’ music and strategy relating to a potential reference to the Copyright Tribunal.


Representing FremantleMedia Limited in High Court copyright litigation in relation to the music television programmes Pop Idol and X Factor.


  • The College of Law, London
  • University of Leeds
  • Member, British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA)
  • Member, City of London Law Society (CLLS)
  • Member, Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT)
  • Member, Federation Against Software Theft (FAST)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (IPLA)
  • Member, Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA)
  • Member, IPSOC
  • Member, The Media Society


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