Hanna Moore + Curley

Founded in 2003, Hanna Moore + Curley (HMC) is acknowledged as delivering robust, commercially sound advice and innovative solutions for IP owners. Originally focused on providing European patent prosecution services to North American clients, its client base is now global and ranges from start-ups and universities to the world’s most valuable companies. Key to this success is an experienced team of attorneys whose reputation for pragmatic, personalised business advice based on deep industry knowledge and experience has allowed HMC to extend its reach across a wide range of technology sectors, collectively protecting progress.

Headquartered in Dublin, HMC benchmarks itself against the best in Europe. With native French, Italian and Chinese speakers, it is truly an international firm. In core technical specialist areas, its grant rate is in the top five of all European patent firms. Analytical exercises identify HMC as securing the grant of patents with fewer engagements with examiners than other firms working on the same portfolio. Its attention to detail and focus on excellence are provided with personality and friendliness.

HMC believes in continuous improvement, with an in-house programme of ongoing professional development and process evolvement for our attorneys and paralegal teams. In addition to qualified Irish, UK and European patent, trademark and design attorneys, members of HMC’s paralegal team have completed the Certificate in Patent Administration of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. Nikos Minas is on the EPO’s Examination Committee for qualifying attorneys. HMC is an ISO 27001:2013-certified company – another demonstration of its commitment to compliance with the best of international standards.

Peer-acknowledged for its expertise in EPO prosecution, opposition and appeal work, HMC represents many significant North American companies in securing valuable European patent rights. One of the few European firms to have a permanent office in China, HMC’s representation of Chinese clients is spearheaded by its chief representative in China, Marie Walsh.

HMC’s attorneys draw on post-graduate expertise across all areas of technology. In European patent matters it benefits from Catherine Hanratty’s former life as an EPO examiner. In Conor Boyce and Anna Hally, HMC has active participants on the European Patent Institute’s ICT and Biotechnology Committees, ensuring that it is up-to-date on changes in law and practice in these key prosecution areas of the firm.

Within Ireland, HMC has an active SPC practice and its acknowledged leadership in domestic matters is attested to by Donnacha Curley’s presidency of the Irish Association of Patent and Trademark Attorneys.

The firm’s non-EPO-specific activities include all aspects of advisory services relating to IP strategy, due diligence and opinion work, and in recent years international litigation. Barry Moore led its most recent success in the revocation of two competitors’ patents at the United Kingdom’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court – a decision that was upheld by the UK Court of Appeal.

With this strength and depth of experience, HMC is identified as a go-to firm for intellectual property in Europe. As acknowledged by IAM in its Patent 1000 review of 2019:

When you work with the people at Hanna Moore + Curley it is just like magic. You give them an original idea, they understand it immediately and get you a high-quality draft with exceptional efficiency. They get straight to the point, which saves time and money, and really take ownership of the matters they handle.

Contact details

Hanna Moore + Curley
Garryard House
25-26 Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2 D02 PX51
Ireland

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Other offices

  • Belfast
  • Dalian

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