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Cooley (UK) LLP

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Colm Murphy

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Cooley LLP

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Patent Counseling & Prosecution
Patent Counseling & Prosecution – Life Sciences
Life Sciences
Intellectual Property


Colm Murphy is a partner in Cooley's London office. He is an European Patent Attorney and a Chartered Patent Attorney with a practice covering a broad range of IP matters in the life sciences arena. He has over 20 years' experience advising clients in relation to biochemical, pharmaceutical and medical device patents. 

Colm's practice includes drafting and prosecuting patent applications to EPO Oppositions and Appeals; freedom-to-operate clearances; as well advising on IP portfolio/ risk management strategies; and IP exploitation. His approach is to build strong collaborative relationships with clients in order to be able to provide proactive and commercial solutions.

Colm has particular expertise advising clients in contentious matters including Opposition and Appeals at the European Patent Office. He acts in this area as European counsel for a global gene sequencing company and has successfully defended and invalidated many European patents on their behalf.


  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
  • European Patent Institute
  • Member, CIPA Biotechnology Committee


  • Nottingham Law School
    LLM, 2007
  • Queen Mary University
    MSc, 1993
  • University of Dublin Trinity College
    BA, 1992

London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management

Within: Brand management

Cooley (UK) LLP¬† is frequently instructed by international clients on trade mark portfolio management, cross-border brand protection and prosecution work. The practice, headed by Nicholas Bolter¬†advises an impressive roster of clients within the technology, retail, food and drink and automotive sectors.¬†¬†The five-partner team includes Colm Murphy, a chartered patent attorney with a ‚Äėextensive knowledge‚Äô of the life sciences sector. The firm is known for its substantive EU trade mark practice; recent client wins for Bolter include TGI Fridays, which it is representing in a trade mark protection case. Bolter is acting alongside¬†Martin Henshall¬†and Martin Whittle¬†for Twitter on all European trade mark work including clearance, filing and enforcement matters. Other highlights for the team included managing the trade mark portfolios and filing for Williams Grand Prix Engineering and beverage supplier Sazerac Co.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

Within: Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology

The 'excellent' Cooley (UK) LLP handles IP and transactional matters in this sector. The 'outstanding' John Wilkinson jointly heads the practice and has 'an encyclopaedic knowledge of life sciences and legal detail'. He has expertise in the areas of IP, regulatory, competition and transactions, and recently advised Addex on its collaboration with Individior with the aim of developing a product to treat addiction. Fellow practice head Nicola Maguire is an expert in non-contentious IP issues and assisted PhoreMost with licensing technology from the University of Turin. Patent attorney Colm Murphy defended Illumina against challenges to its patents after it acquired Solexa. Corporate transactions specialist Stephen Rosen advised Orchard Therapeutics on its $110m Series B financing from Baillie Gifford and ORI Capital. Corporate specialist Ed  Lukins is also recommended.

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