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Dermot Roche

Dermot Roche, Patent Director


  • Bachelor in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) Trinity College Dublin
  • Bachelor in Arts (Mathematics) Trinity College Dublin
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law University of Manchester
  • European Patent Attorney
  • Irish Patent Agent
  • European Trade Mark Attorney
  • Irish Trade Mark Agent


Dermot has more than 20 years experience in the patent profession working in computer-implemented inventions and medtech. Dermot has worked in private practice in Ireland and in the UK. He has also worked as an in-house patent counsel for Accenture in Ireland and for Dolby Laboratories in Netherlands. Dermot joined Secerna in May 2021 to head up the new Europe office based in Dublin.

Specialist Sectors

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cloud
  • Telecommunications
  • Semiconductors
  • Data Encoding/Decoding
  • Medical Devices
  • Biomaterials

Areas of special expertise

  • Invention harvesting and advising on patent filing strategies for SMEs
  • Drafting patent specifications in complex technical areas of computer-implemented inventions and medtech
  • Prosecution, oral proceedings, oppositions and appeals at the EPO
  • Providing infringement and validity opinion support
  • Counselling in-house legal departments of large multi-national corporations