Donal M. Kelly

Life Sciences

European Patent Attorney (EPO Professional Representative); 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)

Recognised as one of the leading IP practitioners in the world by the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR), Donal represents academic institutes, start-up enterprises and emerging corporations from the healthcare, nutrition and medical device sectors in examination, opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO, the EUIPO, the Irish Patents Office and the UKIPO.

As the only IP practitioner in Ireland to be certified in IP litigation and advocacy by the Nottingham Law School, Donal is uniquely competent to represent directly before the European Unified Patent Court (UPC). He is also a proficient advocate at oral proceedings, and familiar counsel before the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal of the EPO.

Donal serves on 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).

Prominent educational and professional bodies, including universities and the Law Society of Ireland, regularly curate Donal to speak on the subject of IP. He provides free-to-access mentoring to rising entrepreneurial ventures in accelerator and incubator hubs through Google for Entrepreneurs and has been a guest contributor to the peer-revered IPKat blog.

Donal is based in our Dublin Office.




24 June 2016 – Brexit: The aftermath!

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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