Dublin office paves the way for further global growth at Secerna

Dublin office paves the way for further global growth at Secerna

Yorkshire-headquartered law firm Secerna is preparing for its next phase of growth with a new office in Dublin

Former Accenture in-house counsel Dermot Roche will lead Secerna’s new Dublin office. The intellectual property currently has bases in York and Newcastle.

Secerna marks its tenth year in business this month. The firm supports a growing worldwide client base of multinational corporations, FTSE- and NYSE-listed companies, universities, spin-out companies, small businesses and innovators. The new office will support the firm’s continued growth across Europe, the US and Asia.

Roche has more than 20 years of experience in the patent profession across Europe. Specialising in computer-implemented inventions and medical technology, he spent 14 years working in private practice in Ireland and the UK, and held a role as in-house counsel for Dolby Laboratories in the Netherlands.

He has spent the last six years working as in-house patent counsel at Accenture, based in Dublin. 

Roche will head Secerna’s new European office in Dublin, which opens this month. He said: “This is an exciting opportunity to extend the reach of an experienced, established and respected team of intellectual property specialists in a new market. Over the last decade, Secerna has earned its reputation for deep sector experience and commercially focused advice, and I’m looking forward to building on these foundations to help the firm continue its impressive growth.”

Jason Boakes, chairman at Secerna, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Dermot to the team to help us take the next step in Secerna’s continued evolution and build on our track record of international work. Clients will undoubtedly benefit from the insights he brings from his work both in-house and in private practice. In addition, Dermot’s extensive knowledge and experience across the artificial intelligence, software, biomaterials and medical technology sectors—among others – will both complement and expand the expertise within the firm.”

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