Donal has 40 years experience in the IP profession. He joined from industry and has considerable expertise in mechanical, process and manufacturing engineering, as well as in electronics, software, nanotechnology and cryptology. He is a European Patent Attorney, an Irish Patent Attorney and a European Trade Mark Attorney. Donal holds a unique qualification as a patent attorney: as well as being technically qualified, he holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
A former President of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) UK and Ireland, Donal has also served as Secretary for LES International. He is also a former President of the Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in Ireland. He is the Irish delegate to Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI) and has also been the ministerial appointment to the Irish Patents Office users’ council.
Donal has presented numerous lectures to universities, technical institutes, industry groups and public service organisations on the commercial features of Intellectual Property. A keen supporter of enterprise and innovation, he regularly advises start-ups and entrepreneurs. Outside the office, he is a competitive sailor and keen on rugby, gardening and history. Qualifications: BE in Mechanical Engineering; MBA; Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Irish Patent Attorney; European Patent Attorney; Chartered Engineer UK and Ireland; European and Irish Trade Mark Attorney; Community Design Attorney.
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