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Dermot Roche

Dermot Roche

Patent Director

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.


Events: Dermot Roche, will be attending the Dublin Tech Summit in the RDS in Dublin, Ireland from the 29th - 30th May 2024.


LinkedIn: Dermot Roche




  • 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

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