Intellectual Property Awards 2014

Judges & Judging

The Intellectual Property Awards judging process is as follows: the judges are spilt in to two panels, where they review the allocated entries and rate from first to last.

Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.

The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached

The Intellectual Property Awards 2014 Judging Panel:

Dr Fred Logue, CEO of New Morning IP

Dr Fred Logue, CEO of New Morning IP- Judging Co-ordinator

Dr Fred Logue is a consultant specialising in intellectual property and information rights.

During his career Dr Logue has held a variety of engineering and management roles with some of the world’s largest technology companies in Europe, the United States and Japan. He was a senior manager with Lucent Technology’s IP business, where he helped to establish and operate its Irish office.

Dr Logue holds a BSc in physics and maths from University College Dublin and a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Dr Logue is qualified solicitor (non practising) in both Ireland and England and Wales. He is listed in the IAM Strategy 300 as one of the world’s leading IP strategists and is a member of the International IP Strategists Association, Institute of Directors and the Institute of Physics. Fred sits on the advisory board of Webtext Holdings Limited and is a non-executive director of Transition Therapeutics Ireland Limited and Bioprojet (Europe) Limited.


Alan McNamee, Chief Scientist for Openet Alan McNamee, Chief Scientist for Openet

Alan McNamee is the Chief Scientist for Openet, one of Ireland’s largest Irish owned software companies. He has been with Openet since its foundation and has been involved in all aspects of the company’s development into being one of the world’s leading supplier for charging and policy management solutions.

As Chief Scientist he heads up Openet’s IP Office with responsibility for leading the team that manages Openet’s IPR portfolio and ideation process. He also heads up Openet’s standardisation activities and directs the company delegations in the IETF, 3GPP, ETSI,, and TM forums.

He specialized in data communications. His research interests include subscriber engagement, evolved PCC and M2M adoption. Alan holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from UCD.


David Sanfey, Director of The Sia Group David J. Sanfey, Director of The Sia Group

David is an Independent Non-Executive Director (NED) and Advisory Board member for Internationally focused Companies in a variety of Industries - using 30+ years of experience in Board issues, Corporate Governance, Compliance and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to EU and Ireland, in particular.

David is a former Senior Partner and Head of Corporate and Banking with one of Ireland's largest law firms - A&L Goodbody. He was heavily involved there in all aspects of Corporate and Commercial Law but FDI, Intellectual Property (IP), Privacy, M&A, Governance, Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Biotechnology, Medical Devices and Pharma Law, primarily. He started and headed the Firm's Specialist Units in most of these areas.

He managed the USA business out of New York office of A&L for four years; assisting multinationals establish operations in EU and Ireland and with their ongoing Legal, Tax, EU Strategy and other issues.


 Eoin Brennan, R&D Tax Credit ConsultantEoin Brennan, R&D Tax Credit Consultant

Eoin is a qualified accountant and registered tax consultant with over 15 year experience of working with many of Ireland's most innovative and dynamic companies.
For the last 4 years he has headed up the Irish office of a leading international R&D Tax Credit consultancy firm. In this role, he has assisted companies across a wide range of industry sectors including Biotech, Software and Food in implementing structures and processes to optimise the return from their R&D activities.  Eoin regularly presents on R&D Tax Credits at industry events and has had numerous articles published on the topic.

Gerry Jones, CFO of WholeWorldBand Gerry Jones, CFO of WholeWorldBand

Gerry is an experienced technology entrepreneur, VC and investor who has worked with high-growth companies in the areas of strategy, funding, marketing and business development. He has a strong track record in start-ups, marketing and sales, strategy formulation and execution, financing new ICT ventures, sale of companies and new product launches.  

He also has extensive international experience of doing business in EU, USA & APAC with companies such as Ericsson, Vodafone, Bharti, Nokia, Yahoo, Infosys, Acision, Dell, HTC, Agilent and Google to name a few.

He  holds a number of non executive directorships including Chairman of Openmind Networks ( He is also Chief Financial Officer of WholeWorldBand ( ) the online music business founded by Kevin Godley of 10CC fame and a  partner in EVP ( ), the early stage technology investors. He is also a past Chairman of the Irish Software Association. 


James O’Riordan, S3 - Silicon & Software Systems James O’Riordan, Chief Technology Officer and VP of Corporate Development, S3 Group.

S3 Group is the trading name of Silicon & Software Systems Ltd., an Irish headquartered, hi-tech multinational company, with a portfolio of 3 distinct businesses, supplying solutions, products, services and licensable IP and operating in the TV, semiconductor and healthcare industries. S3 Group has offices in Ireland, Poland, The Czech Republic, Portugal, USA and Singapore and employs over 250 people, 80-90% of whom are engineers.

James’s role involves driving the strategic technical direction of S3 Group, Intellectual Property, Business Models, Innovation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Contractual Policies and Legal Process, Overseas Expansion, Funding, Regulatory Compliance, managing relationships with Government Bodies, Universities and Industry Associations.

James graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree in Electronic Engineering, and holds an LLM from University of Strasbourg in Intellectual Property Law and Management.


Joe Doyle, IP Manager, Enterprise Ireland Joe Doyle, Intellectual Property Manager, Enterprise Ireland

Joe Doyle is Intellectual Property Manager with Enterprise Ireland, where his function is to support Irish businesses to capture the value of innovation through intellectual asset management and IP strategy.  His education background includes a BSc in Materials Science from the University of Limerick and postgraduate qualifications in Strategy and Innovation and Organisational Behaviour from the Irish Management Institute. 

Previously he worked as a research scientist at the University of Limerick with a focus was on applied/market led research, IP protection and commercialisation.  Over the years he successfully executed a number of patent filings, licence/assignment agreements and was cofounder of an IP rich University Spin-Out company.  Since joining Enterprise Ireland in 2008 he worked as Senior Technology Advisor to the CleanTech and Engineering sectors before assuming the newly created IP Manager role in 2012.  He is also a member of the founding team of the new Central Technology Transfer Office in Enterprise Ireland. 


John Whelan, Case Manager, Trinity College John Whelan, Case Manager, Trinity College   

John Whelan holds a BSc in Applied Physics and Electronics and a PhD in Applied Geophysics, both from NUI, Galway. Upon graduation he worked in software design and development for a range of companies in financial services, based in Ireland and Japan. These include Davy Stockbrokers and Daiwa Securities.

He went on to found and raise venture capital for a number of successful start ups, including the world's first mobile betting exchange, and subsequently a specialist developer of mobile multimedia applications. Most recently he ran an independent IT consultancy whose clients included Vodafone and Hutchison Three.

He has spent the last 5 years in Trinity College, as Case Manager in the Office of Corporate Partnership & Knowledge Exchange Dublin and also runs TCD’s startup accelerator Launchbox as Programme Director.


Niall Rooney, CEO of Niall Rooney IP Niall Rooney, CEO of Niall Rooney IP

Niall Rooney is a director of Niall Rooney IP, an intellectual property firm offering patent and trade mark attorney services as well as IP consulting. Niall is a practising European Trade Mark & Design Attorney with more than 15 years experience in intellectual property and brand protection.

He has advised and represented start ups, SMEs, multinationals and famous brands in sectors including technology, healthcare, media, fashion, food, beverages and consumer goods. Niall is a qualified solicitor and a former partner with a large firm of Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys in Dublin.


Rory Jordan, KAUST University, Saudi Arabia Dr. Rory Jordan, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Rory Jordan is currently working at KAUST University, a science and technology research university in Saudi Arabia, leading their research funding programme planning and implementation team.

Prior to this he worked as a Scientific Programme Manager at Science Foundation Ireland where he managed a range of funding programs from research centers to technology and commercialization development.

He has a PhD in Physics from Trinity College Dublin and began his career working for IBM in their Storage Systems Division. He has also worked for Hewlett Packard as a R&D project manager responsible for bringing new ideas and projects from concept through to production.


Shane Nolan, Head of Growth Markets, IDA Ireland Shane Nolan, Head of Growth Markets, IDA Ireland

Shane Nolan is Head of Growth Markets at IDA Ireland responsible for securing inward investment from high growth or emerging markets globally. 

Prior to his current role Shane worked in IDA Ireland’s Silicon Valley office from 2009 to 2012 where he was responsible for attracting investment from leading Internet and games companies. 

Shane joined IDA in 2003 and has held a number of other business development and strategy roles mostly focussing on technology sectors.  Prior to IDA Shane worked for a number of Irish based companies in the telecommunications and mobile applications sectors in business development and solution design roles.


Clyde Hutchinson, Owner of NASC ConnectClyde Hutchinson, Owner of NASC Connect

Clyde is owner of NASC Connect, providing the right connections to people, advisors, and investors to their personal brand. He also focuses in providing a bridge to the Global Diaspora and enabling teams and individuals to work effectively in the Global marketplace. Prior to NASC, Clyde worked in a leading Global Talent Management consultancy as a Principal Consultant and General Manager. Here he focused on technology talent development, working globally with a range of investors, incubation centres and early stage enterprises.

Clyde spent the early part of his career as an academic scientist working at Tokyo University, Imperial College, University of Cambridge and ZSL London Zoo. He was engaged in ground breaking imaging and diagnostics research and a number of highly cited publications. During this period, he was also Manager of the UK Hepatitis Resource Centre, the representative organisation for those impacted by Hepatitis. Clyde has a PhD Biochemistry from Queen’s University Belfast and MBA from the Open University. 

He is also the executive director of the Ireland Israel Business Network, focusing on developing bilateral business development and innovation/knowledge sharing links through trade delegations and start up competitions. Clyde also holds non-executive directorships at the MBA Association of Ireland and Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland.