Hanna Moore + Curley Formation

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


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.


New Premises

Move to new premises 13 Lower Lad Lane


Growth - New Staff and 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 450 European patents to grant. Relationship continues to date



Decide to go paperless


Continued Advisory Work

Advised Irish client on successful patent litigation in Australia


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)


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 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.


PayPal, 5th China IP Counsel Congress

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


Continued Growth: New Staff, New Clients, EPO invitation to trial new web-based filing system

Mary Toomey joins as first Practice Manager.

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 our new brand and website. 


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 prestigious 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

Conor Boyce became a Director of the firm in summer of 2017.  Conor brings over 20 years’ experience to the role and previously was a Partner at another leading firm of European Patent Attorneys. His university education was in the field of electronic engineering and he spent time working in-house with IBM in the UK before moving to private practice.


A flourishing team

Hanna Moore + Curley's patent team continues to grow. Anna Hally joined the Life Sciences team late in 2017. Barry Moore is again hailed a "very knowledgable, reliable and safe pair of hands" while Laurence Bibow and Sinéad Lucy are named Rising Stars by Managing IP while the firm review notes "other notable attorneys include Marie Walsh, Catherine Hanratty and Conor Boyce".  Our professional training programme expands, with two new trainee patent attorneys joining during 2018 (Caroline Sheeran and Saibh Morrissey).  


Garryard House,
25/26 Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2
D02 PX51

Tel: +353 1 661 3930
Fax: +353 1 661 3453

[email protected]


The Mount, 2 Woodstock Link,
Belfast BT6 8DD,
Northern Ireland.

Tel: + 44 28 90 737 293
Fax: + 44 28 90 730 199

[email protected]


Room 8017, Chunhui Building,
No. 24 Tangshan Road, Xigang District,
Dalian 116011, P.R. China.

Tel: +86 411 8361 4855

[email protected]

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