Donal M. Kelly

Life Sciences

European Patent Attorney (European Qualifying Examination); European Trade Mark and Design Attorney (EUIPO Professional Representative); Registered Patent Agent (Ireland); Registered Trade Mark Agent (Ireland)

PhD (Molecular Oncology); BSc (Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics); PgD (Commercial Intellectual Property); PgC (Intellectual Property Litigation & Advocacy)

As a European Patent Attorney and a European Trade Mark and Design Attorney, Donal represents applicants and proprietors in examination, opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Irish Patents Office and the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office. Donal also manages the global intellectual property interests of indigenous applicants and proprietors.

With a technological degree in cell biology and molecular genetics from University College Dublin and a doctorate in molecular oncology from the Queen’s University of Belfast; Donal specialises in the fields of biotechnological and biomedical sciences, and serves as European counsel for academic institutes, start-up enterprises and emerging corporations in the pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare sectors.

A PgD with distinction in commercial intellectual property from Nottingham Law School underlies the strategic guidance Donal provides on deriving commercial and economic benefit from intellectual property. Certification in intellectual property litigation and advocacy also makes Donal competent to represent claimants and defendants directly before the European Unified Patent Court (UPC) and to provide commercially-driven management of litigious matters.

Donal has been elected to the council of the European Patent Institute (epi), which governs professional representatives before the EPO; and furthers global academic technology transfer as a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). He has also been a guest contributor to the IPKat blog, amongst other prominent IP publications.

Donal is based in our Dublin Office.




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12 May 2016 - Ireland’s new Government committed to the Unified Patent Court

23 February 2016 - 2016: The year ahead to a new European litigation system

11 January 2016 - The Role of IP in the Business Plan

26 November 2015 - The secret is out of the box for tax benefits in Ireland

14 October 2015 – Thinking inside the box

30 September 2015 - The seven deadly IP sins committed by startups


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