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29 March 20232 minute read

DLA Piper welcomes new Intellectual Property & Technology partner

DLA Piper expands its Intellectual Property & Technology (IPT) practice in Ireland with the appointment of a new partner, Aoife Murphy. Aoife, previously a partner in Whitney Moore, will lead the firm’s Irish patent litigation team bringing with her notable experience in the life sciences sector.

A partner at Whitney Moore since 2005, Aoife is a multi-award-winning commercial litigator and author, and she is recognised as one of the Top 250 women in IP globally and ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ by the Legal 500 .

Aoife advises indigenous and multinational clients, and her experience spans all aspects of patents, trademarks, copyright and design-related intellectual property matters.

Aoife has notable experience advising clients on matters related to life sciences, particularly biosimilars and medical devices, claims of infringement and revocation of patents and SPCs, which protect pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, and electronic point-of-sale systems. Aoife also sits on the Intellectual Property Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland.

Paul Allen, Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology group said: “We're excited to welcome Aoife to our truly global intellectual property team. With several recent hires in other key markets around the world, her addition further strengthens our international patent litigation capabilities. Moreover, her extensive experience enhances the range of services we offer our life sciences clients across the firm.”

Country Managing Partner for DLA Piper in Ireland, David Carthy, said: “I am delighted to welcome Aoife to DLA Piper. Aoife will lead our Irish patent litigation team and will be a real asset to the firm, joining over 130 patent litigators worldwide and bringing her extensive patent experience to bear for DLA Piper clients globally. As this announcement demonstrates, we continue on our growth trajectory in Ireland, building out our teams and sectoral offerings with a particular focus on life science and technology, further solidifying our position as the leading global law firm in Ireland.”

Partner and Head of Intellectual Property & Technology for DLA Piper in Ireland, Mark Rasdale, said: “We are delighted that Aoife is joining our team in Ireland. Aoife’s excellent reputation and experience in contentious IP work, in particular patent litigation, further enhances our offering in Ireland. Her extensive sectoral knowledge fits perfectly with our growth strategy and will help us grow existing and new relationships with life sciences businesses in Ireland and internationally.”