David Brophy.


David’s Story:

David is a European Patent Attorney and holds an honours degree in experimental physics from Trinity College Dublin. He has been in practice for 25 years and is a partner in FRKelly.

David’s background in physics has been instrumental in drafting hundreds of patent applications and prosecuting thousands of such applications. He has worked with clients on inventions in fields such as optics and imaging, plasmonics, radar detection, solar energy capture devices, wave energy controllers, surface tension measurement, electrospray technology, trapped ion quantum computing arrays, fiber optic design, thermal dissipation structures, instrumentation and analytical techniques.

David has written extensively on IP topics in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals such as EIPR and JIPLP and was for several years a member of the blog writing team IPKat, ranked by Justia as the most popular IP law blog of all time. He speaks regularly on patent law to audiences which have included UK Patents Court and Court of Appeal judges, the Director-General of WIPO, and is a regular invited speaker at the Michigan IP Bar annual IP law conference. He has also frequently provided training and lectures in patent law to Trinity College Dublin, the Law Society of Ireland and various other higher education bodies.

Career and qualifications

  • European Patent Attorney
  • European Trade Mark and Design Attorney
  • Registered Irish Patent Agent
  • Registered Irish Trade Mark Agent
  • Master of Arts with Merit, UK, US and EC Copyright Law
  • European Patent Institute, Member
  • Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (IE), Executive Committee member
  • Online Communications Committee of EPI, Secretary & Vice-Chair
  • FICPI, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, Irish Delegate & ExCo
  • Standing Advisory Committee before the EPO, Working Party on e-Patent Process
  • Irish Patent Agents Registration Board (statutory appointment by Minister)
  • Convergence Programme for Designs, EUIPO, Committee member

Awards and citations

  • Patent star 2022 - IP Stars
  • World IP Review – WIPR Leaders – listed as a leader in Patents for 2019
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