Lisa O’Brien

Senior Patent Attorney
Patent Group


  • Patents
  • BSc Biochemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • MSc Drug Design & Biomedical Science, Napier University, Edinburgh.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.
  • Chartered Patent Attorney (UK)
  • Irish Patent Attorney
  • European Patent Attorney
  • European Design and Trade Mark Attorney

Lisa O’Brien’s core area of expertise is life sciences, with specific experience in biochemistry, neuroscience, oncology, anatomy, immunology, drug discovery and medicinal chemistry. She has experience in a wide variety of biotech applications, including antibodies, genomics, proteomics and cell biology, as well as chemistry, microbiology, polysaccharides, hydrocolloids and biogums.

Lisa has a Postgraduate certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London. She holds a Masters with Distinction in Drug Design and Biomedical Science from Napier University in Edinburgh, and an Honours degree in Biochemistry from the National University of Ireland in Galway.

A UK, Irish and European-qualified patent attorney, Lisa began her career at a Cambridge-based patent and trade mark firm before moving to Murgitroyd in 2010. She is involved in the drafting and filing of patent applications at the Irish, UK and European Patent Offices and is highly experienced in all aspects of Irish, UK, European, US, PCT and foreign patent prosecution. Lisa has worked with a range of clients, from spin-out companies and university departments to larger international companies.

Lisa has a particular interest in supplementary protection certificates (SPCs), and has valuable experience in filing them at the Irish Patents Office. She offers commercial and strategic advice to her clients, helping with the management of their intellectual property portfolio. She also advises on foreign filing strategies, infringement and validity.

Lisa previously held the position of Technology Transfer Officer in the Institute of Neuroscience. She was involved in commercialising intellectual property from an academic environment in key areas of technology, including neurotechnology, medical implants, neuroscience, psychiatric therapy, diagnostic and therapeutic measures, psychopharmacology and neurotoxicology. At the university, Lisa was also affiliated with the Northern Institute for Cancer Research.

She has spent some time in industry as a patent support officer in an international cosmetics company, helping to implement the company’s patent strategy, and as a quality assurance transfer specialist in a multi-national diagnostics company.

Lisa has been involved in various activities to raise awareness of intellectual property:

  • Author of a chapter on intellectual property for the published book: ‘Biotech Manager’s Hand-Book’
  • Co-organising and presenting at an IP workshop called ‘Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology’ for employees at GlaxoSmithKline
  • Teaching the commercialisation arm of the Masters in Research Science course, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University
  • Organising and chairing an IP exploitation workshop called ‘Get Your Research off the Bench’ for research staff in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University
  • Providing basic patent searching training to chemists.

Lisa is based in the Dublin Office.

Core Expertise: Life sciences, biochemistry, biotechnology, medicinal chemistry, anatomy, neuroscience, neurotechnology, oncology, immunology, drug discovery, drug design, biotechnology, antibodies, genomics, proteomics, cell biology, microbiology, polysaccharides, hydrocolloids, biogums, medical implants, psychiatric therapy, diagnostics, psychopharmacology, neurotoxicology, cosmetics.

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