David Brophy

Computing & Electronics

European Patent Attorney, European Design Attorney, European Trade Mark Attorney, Chartered Physicist, Diploma in UK, US and EC Copyright Law

David divides his practice between patents and designs. He heads up the design practice of FRKelly, and in his patent work he specialises in telecommunications and software-related inventions, medical devices and physics-related inventions. He joined the profession in 1993 and moved to FRKelly in 1998, joining the Partnership in 2002.

With extensive experience of European and PCT patent law and practice, David served for several years on the EPO’s Examination Committee for the qualifying exam in European patent law which is taken by all prospective European Patent Attorneys. He has written and spoken widely on topics in patent and design law.

David is Secretary of the Online Communications Committee of EPI, a member of the Executive Committee of FICPI, and a former Honorary Secretary and current member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.

After having been awarded a Diploma with Merit from Kings College London in UK, EC and US Copyright Law, he is currently writing a Masters Thesis on the interface between copyright and design rights.

David is a contributor to the renowned IPKat Blog; one of the most widely read and respected sources of news and comment on intellectual property law.  In 2010, the IPKat was selected by the United States Library of Congress for inclusion in its historic collection of Internet materials.

Recently, David was recognised and recommended for patent prosecution in Ireland in Intellectual Asset Management magazine’s IAM Patent 1000 2015. He was also noted as a “key patent practitioner” in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2015 Handbook.

David is based in our Dublin Office.



21 November 2018 – EPO tightens up on inventive step attacks in opposition

27 September 2018 – Trade mark filing strategies for a “No Deal” Brexit

29 March 2016 –The Importance of Design Rights

8 June 2015  Passing Off – The Starbucks (HK) Ltd v Sky U.K. Ltd story


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