our timeline

2003

Hanna Moore + Curley Foundation

Barry Moore and Donnacha Curley join with Peter Hanna who had previously established Peter Hanna Associates in 2000 to form Hanna Moore & Curley.

Adopt on-line filing EPOLINE, first Irish firm to fully commit.


2004

Year 2 Developments

Invest in new patent management system.

Approached by major Australian patent holder to prosecute EP portfolio.

Invited by Irish Government to participate in preparation of a report evaluating strategy for Ireland’ place in the global economy.


2005

New Clients and Government Advisory

Approached by Irish client to evaluate technology previously deemed not-patentable by UK firm. Identify patentable features which form the basis of two patent applications which are successfully prosecuted to grant in Europe, US, Russia and China. Upheld at opposition proceedings at the EPO and successfully licensed, this relationship has extended to managing over 150 patents across the world.

Barry Moore represented the Irish Software Association before the Irish Parliament Joint Committee on Enterprise and Small Business in discussion of the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive and subsequently travelled to Brussels to brief Members of the European Parliament on same.


2006

Moved Premises

Move to new premises 13 Lower Lad Lane.


2007

Growth - New Staff + Clients

Barry Moore invited by the EPO to speak at the 6th EPO Online Services Conference in Lake Como, Italy.

Joined by Catherine Hanratty.

Start working with large Canadian company and since then have successfully prosecuted over 950 European patents to grant. Relationship continues to date.


2008

Paperless

Decide to go paperless.


2009

Continued Advisory Work

Advised Irish client on successful patent litigation in Australia.


2011

China Office Opened

Establish a China Representative Office in Dalian, China. With a full-time member of staff permanently located in China we are the first Irish firm to do so.

Involved in IP due diligence which results in UK Client raising £4 million and successfully listing on AIM, continue to represent client to this day.


2012

'Tier 1' Ranking from MIP

Hanna Moore & Curley awarded “Tier 1” Ranking in 2012 for “Patent Prosecution” in Ireland by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP).


2012

IAM Magazine Recognition

Intellectual Asset Management in its 2012 directory of the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners details “Rising star” Hanna Moore & Curley has “really cornered the high-technology and ICT market”, and is especially noted for its impressive portfolio of US-originating work. This talented group of European patent attorneys is a “firstrate choice” within its focus area of prosecution before the European Patent Office, and is driving a most successful business.


2012

Trade Delegation To China, High Court Expert Witness, EPO Consultancy

Peter Hanna and Amber Guo join Irish Prime Minister on Trade Delegation to China

Successful in arguing restoration on 5 separate EP matters

Barry Moore is expert witness in Irish High Court patent proceedings. In confirming infringement, the judgement details "The Court is satisfied from the extensive and detailed evidence of Mr. Moore…"

EPO delegation of examiners visit Hanna Moore + Curley to discuss prosecution of computer implemented inventions before the EPO.


2013

Paypal, 5th China IP Congress Counsel

Peter Hanna argues before EPO Technical Board of Appeal for PayPal and in decision T 0844/09 secures grant for an invention that lies in the area of on-line commerce.

Joined by Conor Boyce.

Peter Hanna is one of the guest speakers at the 5th China IP Counsel Congress 2013 being held in Beijing on 22-23 October 2013.


2013

IAM Magazine Recognition for 2nd Year, MIP 'Tier 1' Ranking

Recognised again in the 2013 directory of the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in Intellectual Asset Management. Ranked as “highly recommended” among prosecution firms in Ireland, the directory adds “The “dynamic, agile and innovative” team is especially renowned for its output in the high-technology field and a thriving presence before the European Patent Office.

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) has published its 2013 Survey Results “The World’s leading patent firms compared.” Hanna Moore & Curley has retained its “Tier 1” Ranking in 2013 for “Patent Prosecution” in Ireland.

Invited by the EPO to participate in IT-R External Users' Consultation Workshop at the EPO in the Netherlands to review the patent grant processes implemented by the EPO.


2014

Continued Growth, New Staff, New Clients, EPO Invitation To Trial New Web-Based Filing System

Joined by Marie Walsh.

Involved in IP due diligence as part of fund raising efforts by two Irish clients which resulted in c. €10 million investment in each.

As opponent at the EPO, Hanna Moore + Curley attorneys distil argument at oral proceedings scheduled for two days to set of succinct points, patent revoked before lunch on the 1st day.

Approached on behalf of Russian client to draft and prosecute EP applications.

Invited by the EPO to participate in the pilot of the new web-based online filing CMS.


2015

New Faces, New Looks

In January 2015, French attorney Laurence Bibow joined the firm.

At the beginning of April, coinciding with a visit by our Chinese operations manager Amber Guo, we unveiled a new brand and website.


2016

Move To New Headquarters

2015 was a very successful year of recruitment at Hanna Moore + Curley. Having fully occupied two buildings in 12 and 13 Lad Lane, the company began seeking larger headquarter premises. In March 2016 Hanna Moore + Curley opened the doors of a new HQ building at Garryard House on Earlsfort Terrace. The design process was undertaken by Erik Maher of Collins Maher Martin Architects and fit out of the project is being managed by Gerard Martin of J J McCreery. The new offices extend over 5,500 square feet and are ideally located in the heart of the city's prestigious Dublin 2 area, nestling between the verdant Iveagh gardens and the flora and fountains of St. Stephen's Green.


2017

A New Director

Coincident with Peter Hanna’s move to a consultancy role, Conor Boyce becomes a Director of the firm.

The breadth of our technical expertise broadens with the addition of Anna Hally to our Life Sciences team.


2018

A Flourishing Team

Barry Moore is again hailed a "very knowledgeable, reliable and safe pair of hands" while Laurence Bibow is named a Rising Star by Managing IP. The firm review notes "other notable attorneys include Marie Walsh, Catherine Hanratty and Conor Boyce".

The retirement of Peter Hanna was marked by a firm weekend away to Mount Juliet Estate- a great celebration of Peter’s 40 years in the patent profession.

Donnacha Curley is elected President of the Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in Ireland.


2019

Patent Firm of The Year

Further peer review acknowledgement from Managing IP and Intellectual Asset Management with a highlight being awarded Patent Firm of the Year.

2019 also saw Dr Lin Bo, Dr Anthony Kavanagh, and Dr Nikos Minas all joining, each adding further strength and depth to our electronics and software team. At the same time, active involvement in the EU IP4SME programme reflected our commitment to the strategic use of IP to achieve business objectives. With increased responsibility for ever larger portfolios before the EPO, our paralegal department continued to grow with Michelle Drumm and Colm O’Neill joining.

Donnacha Curley is re-elected President of the Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.


2020

Transition to #WFH

2020 saw success at the UK Court of Appeal where a previous judgment in favour of our client at IPEC was refused leave to appeal.

Continued activity at EPO Opposition and Appeal Boards reaped dividends for our clients.

Barry Moore is acknowledged as a Global IP Leader by IAM magazine.

A commitment to the benefit of the use of technology in business was reflected in the ease of transition to #wfh during Covid-19.

We are identified by the Financial Times as being one of Europe's leading patent law firms.

Donnacha Curley is re-elected for a third term as President of Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.


HISTORY IN DATES

HANNA MOORE + CURLEY FOUNDATION

Barry Moore and Donnacha Curley join with Peter Hanna who had previously established Peter Hanna Associates in 2000 to form Hanna Moore & Curley

Adopt on-line filing EPOLINE, first Irish firm to fully commit.
2003
2004

YEAR 2 DEVELOPMENTS

Invest in new patent management system

Approached by major Australian patent holder to prosecute EP portfolio.

Invited by Irish Government to participate in preparation of a report evaluating strategy for Ireland’ place in the global economy.

NEW CLIENTS AND GOVERNMENT ADVISORY

Approached by Irish client to evaluate technology previously deemed not-patentable by UK firm. Identify patentable features which form the basis of two patent applications which are successfully prosecuted to grant in Europe, US, Russia and China. Upheld at opposition proceedings at the EPO and successfully licensed, this relationship has extended to managing over 150 patents across the world

Barry Moore represented the Irish Software Association before the Irish Parliament Joint Committee on Enterprise and Small Business in discussion of the Computer Implemented Inventions Directive and subsequently travelled to Brussels to brief Members of the European Parliament on same.
2005
2006

MOVED PREMISES

Move to new premises 13 Lower Lad Lane.

GROWTH - NEW STAFF + CLIENTS

Barry Moore invited by the EPO to speak at the 6th EPO Online Services Conference in Lake Como, Italy.

Joined by Catherine Hanratty.

Start working with large Canadian company and since then have successfully prosecuted over 950 European patents to grant. Relationship continues to date.
2007
2008

PAPERLESS

Decide to go paperless.

CONTINUED ADVISORY WORK

Advised Irish client on successful patent litigation in Australia.
2009
2011

CHINA OFFICE OPENS

Establish a China Representative Office in Dalian, China. With a full time member of staff permanently located in China we are the first Irish firm to do so.

Involved in IP due diligence which results in UK Client raising £4 million and successfully listing on AIM, continue to represent client to this day.

'TIER 1' RANKING FROM MIP

Hanna Moore & Curley awarded “Tier 1” Ranking in 2012 for “Patent Prosecution” in Ireland by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP)
2012
2012

IAM MAGAZINE RECOGNITION

Intellectual Asset Management in its 2012 directory of the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners details “Rising star” Hanna Moore & Curley has “really cornered the high-technology and ICT market”, and is especially noted for its impressive portfolio of US-originating work. This talented group of European patent attorneys is a “firstrate choice” within its focus area of prosecution before the European Patent Office, and is driving a most successful business.

TRADE DELEGATIO TO CHINA, HIGH COURT EXPERT WITNESS, EPO CONSULTANCY

Peter Hanna and Amber Guo join Irish Prime Minister on Trade Delegation to China

Successful in arguing restoration on 5 separate EP matters

Barry Moore is expert witness in Irish High Court patent proceedings. In confirming infringement, the judgement details "The Court is satisfied from the extensive and detailed evidence of Mr. Moore…"

EPO delegation of examiners visit Hanna Moore + Curley to discuss prosecution of computer implemented inventions before the EPO.
2012
2013

PAYPAL, 5TH CHINA IP CONGRESS COUNSEL

Peter Hanna argues before EPO Technical Board of Appeal for PayPal and in decision T 0844/09 secures grant for an invention that lies in the area of on-line commerce.

Joined by Conor Boyce

Peter Hanna is one of the guest speakers at the 5th China IP Counsel Congress 2013 being held in Beijing on 22-23 October 2013.

IAM MAGAZINE RECOGNITION FOR 2ND YEAR, MIP 'TIER 1' RANKING

Recognised again in the 2013 directory of the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in Intellectual Asset Management. Ranked as “highly recommended” among prosecution firms in Ireland, the directory adds “The “dynamic, agile and innovative” team is especially renowned for its output in the high-technology field and a thriving presence before the European Patent Office

Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) has published its 2013 Survey Results “The World’s leading patent firms compared.” Hanna Moore & Curley has retained its “Tier 1” Ranking in 2013 for “Patent Prosecution” in Ireland

Invited by the EPO to participate in IT-R External Users' Consultation Workshop at the EPO in the Netherlands to review the patent grant processes implemented by the EPO
2013
2014

CONTINUED GROWTH, NEW STAFF, NEW CLIENTS, EPO INVITATION TO TRIAL NEW WEB-BASED FILING SYSTEM

Joined by Marie Walsh. Involved in IP due diligence as part of fund raising efforts by two Irish clients which resulted in c. €10 million investment in each. As opponent at the EPO, Hanna Moore + Curley attorneys distil argument at oral proceedings scheduled for two days to set of succinct points, patent revoked before lunch on the 1st day. Approached on behalf of Russian client to draft and prosecute EP applications. Invited by the EPO to participate in the pilot of the new web-based online filing CMS.

NEW FACES, NEW LOOKS

In January 2015, French attorney Laurence Bibow joined the firm. At the beginning of April, coinciding with a visit by our Chinese operations manager Amber Guo, we unveiled a new brand and website.
2015
2016

MOVING TO NEW HEADQUARTERS

2015 was a very successful year of recruitment at Hanna Moore + Curley. Having fully occupied two buildings in 12 and 13 Lad Lane, the company began seeking larger headquarter premises. In March 2016 Hanna Moore + Curley opened the doors of a new HQ building at Garryard House on Earlsfort Terrace. The design process was undertaken by Erik Maher of Collins Maher Martin Architects and fit out of the project is being managed by Gerard Martin of J J McCreery. The new offices extend over 5,500 square feet and are ideally located in the heart of the city's prestigious Dublin 2 area, nestling between the verdant Iveagh gardens and the flora and fountains of St. Stephen's Green.

A NEW DIRECTOR

Coincident with Peter Hanna’s move to a consultancy role, Conor Boyce becomes a Director of the firm. The breadth of our technical expertise broadens with the addition of Anna Hally to our Life Sciences team.
2017
2018

A FLOURISHING TEAM

Barry Moore is again hailed a "very knowledgeable, reliable and safe pair of hands" while Laurence Bibow is named a Rising Star by Managing IP. The firm review notes "other notable attorneys include Marie Walsh, Catherine Hanratty and Conor Boyce". The retirement of Peter Hanna was marked by a firm weekend away to Mount Juliet Estate- a great celebration of Peter’s 40 years in the patent profession. Donnacha Curley is elected President of the Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in Ireland.

PATENT FIRM OF THE YEAR

Further peer review acknowledgement from Managing IP and Intellectual Asset Management with a highlight being awarded Patent Firm of the Year. 2019 also saw Dr Lin Bo, Dr Anthony Kavanagh, and Dr Nikos Minas all joining, each adding further strength and depth to our electronics and software team. At the same time, active involvement in the EU IP4SME programme reflected our commitment to the strategic use of IP to achieve business objectives. With increased responsibility for ever larger portfolios before the EPO, our paralegal department continued to grow with Michelle Drumm and Colm O’Neill joining. Donnacha Curley is re-elected President of the Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.
2019
2020

TRANSITION TO #WFH

2020 saw success at the UK Court of Appeal where a previous judgment in favour of our client at IPEC was refused leave to appeal. Continued activity at EPO Opposition and Appeal Boards reaped dividends for our clients. Barry Moore is acknowledged as a Global IP Leader by IAM magazine. A commitment to the benefit of the use of technology in business was reflected in the ease of transition to #wfh during Covid-19. We are identified by the Financial Times as being one of Europe's leading patent law firms. Donnacha Curley is re-elected for a third term as President of Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.
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