Graham Murnane’s expertise is in engineering and European patent prosecution, particularly patent oppositions and appeals. He worked closely with our Munich Office, where he established a hub for EPO opposition and appeal proceedings on the doorstep of the European Patent Office (EPO).
Since joining Murgitroyd in 1996, Graham developed the firm’s EPO opposition and appeal practice. He advised clients on defending their European patents in opposition, and challenging the patents of competitors, often in combination with litigation in one or more European countries. Graham is now a Consultant.
Before becoming a patent attorney, Graham spent a number of years as a substantive examiner at the EPO in Munich, where he examined engineering applications and served as an opposition division member. He has provided patent litigation support in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, and advised clients on patent revocation, infringement and entitlement in the UK. He has also represented clients at hearings at the UK Intellectual Property Office.
Graham’s clients included large multinational engineering firms, where he worked alongside their in-house patent departments. He also worked with smaller businesses, like manufacturing companies, start-ups and product developers, providing clear, commercial advice to companies who may not have their own IP experts.
He successfully prosecuted patent applications and managed opposition disputes in the fields of diesel engines, bicycles, renewable energy, oil and gas production, packaging, advertising display apparatus, hydraulic tools and civil engineering.
With an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University, Graham qualified as a chartered engineer, and worked on road and rail bridges, motorway construction, North Sea oil platforms and highway safety fencing before entering the patent profession. His experience as an engineer gives him a thorough appreciation for the IP problems facing clients in engineering and manufacturing, and helps him shape effective solutions to those problems.
He served for eight years as a member of the European Qualifying Examination committee for European patent attorneys, and currently sits on the Joint Business Practice Committee of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA).
Graham has travelled regularly to Japan and the United States to meet clients and to speak at seminars on European patent practice, including AIPLA roadshows.
He speaks English, French and German.
Core Expertise: Construction technology, mechanical and offshore engineering, packaging.