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HGF continues to grow across Europe with expansion in Ireland

March 2022

HGF is pleased to announce that it has boosted its team in Ireland with the addition of a further 3 patent attorneys. Rosi Armstrong and Marie Walsh have both joined the firm as Patent Directors. In addition, Patent Attorney, Cassie Smith has returned to Ireland after a period of working in our Manchester office. The expansion of our expertise in Ireland is the latest step in the firm’s strategic growth across Europe.

This growth comes on the back of the firm’s continued success in Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and The Netherlands over the last 2 years.

Rosi brings extensive experience and technical expertise to our Electronics team in patenting physics, MedTech, electronics, telecommunications and software inventions. Rosi is well aware of the importance of delivering a business-oriented approach to her clients’ IP. She has in-house attorney experience at a large telecommunication company, and has since worked with many clients to build IP portfolios that have underpinned successful product launches and/or trade sales. She also provides expertise in the protection of inventions through registered designs and design patents and copyright.

Marie is a well-trusted Irish patent practitioner for over 25 years; she is listed as a recommended Patent Attorney in IAM 1000, where comments include:

“Marie is an efficient, effective, creative problem solver who has solid technical understanding and knows how to deal with patent examiners. Her business acumen and proficiency in the area of freedom-to-operate client counselling are especially notable.”

Marie’s arrival significantly boosts HGF’s local expertise and in particular strengthens our focus on providing commercially relevant and industry-specific IP advice to our clients. Marie joins our Chemistry team bringing extensive business experience across a number of technology areas including; industrial chemistry, material science, polymer chemistry, and pharmaceutical chemistry.  Marie has extensive experience advising in IP strategy as well as Freedom to Operate opinions and has successfully represented clients at Oppositions and Appeals at the EPO.

Martyn Fish, CEO commented, HGF understands the importance of growth across Europe and Ireland is a key area for us and we continue to extend our offering in all technology areas. We welcome Rosi and Marie to the firm, their experience and expertise in Electronics and Chemistry technologies will strengthen our highly regarded specialist teams.”

Rosi Armstrong commented,HGF has a compelling proposition for the Irish IP world and I am delighted to become a part of this. Working with over 100 patent experts in a wide range of technology fields allows us to address Ireland’s growth areas including medical technologies, computer hardware and software and cyber security. This is an exciting development for me, building on my experience in working with clients of all sizes across Ireland and beyond.”

Marie Walsh commented,I am excited to have joined the HGF team and to work together, to drive the expansion of HGF’s offering in Ireland by providing commercially relevant IP advice for our clients. I look forward to working with our clients in Ireland and globally, who have technology and innovation as the foundation of their value proposition and to helping our clients to achieve their commercial objectives.”

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