Patent Attorney at Hanna Moore + Curley
Catherine Hanratty is a European patent attorney, an Irish patent and trademark agent, and an EU trademark and Community design attorney with more than 20 years’ experience in IP matters.
Ms Hanratty graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with a BSc (Hons) and a master’s in physics, with a specialisation in optics and optoelectronics. Her research work focused on magneto-optical systems.
At the start of her career, Ms Hanratty spent several years as a patent examiner at the European Patent Office (EPO) working in the technical area of imaging systems, mainly in the Cooperative Patent Classification fields of H04N (pictorial communication), G06F and G06K. In addition, during her time at the EPO Ms Hanratty gained wide experience of patent data and information systems, patent landscaping and opinion matters.
Ms Hanratty’s work in private practice primarily entails the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, IP strategy and patent portfolio management for clients, from local small and mid-sized businesses to larger multinational companies. Ms Hanratty works across several areas of technology, but with a particular focus on inventions in the fields of medical devices, health technology and digital health, optics, telecommunications, software and mechanical devices. Ms Hanratty also has significant experience of examination, opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO.
Ms Hanratty is a member of the Irish Association of Patent and Trademark Attorneys and epi.