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Our Team

Working Together Seamlessly


At Key Patent Innovations, we combine our extensive experience in patent monetisation with our in-depth knowledge of technology markets to identify high quality patent portfolios.  Working together with a select team of external consultants we develop and realise the potential of these portfolios and exploit our experience and contacts to successfully negotiate and close licensing deals thereby maximising the return to the patent owner.


Angela Quinlan

Managing Director

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As Managing Director of Key Patent Innovations, Angela is responsible for developing and implementing monetisation strategies for Key Patent's portfolios, as well as managing new acquisitions and business development. In this role, she relies on her experience which spans all aspects of patent management and licensing. Angela is recognized as one of the world's leading IP strategists (IAM Strategy 300, 2020).

Prior to joining Key Patent Innovations, Angela was Vice President of Licensing and Acquisitions at Atlantic IP Services, Ltd with responsibilities including licensing, portfolio acquisition, and patent prosecution. Previously Angela was Senior Patent Counsel at Longitude Licensing, where she was responsible for the management of Longitude's portfolio of 3,500 semiconductor and storage patents, as well as leading the team responsible for prosecution and development of Longitude's patent applications globally.

Prior to her role at Longitude Licensing, Angela worked in private practice in top tier firms both in Ireland and the UK. During this time, Angela worked extensively in both challenging and defending European patents during opposition proceedings and in providing infringement and validity opinions across a multitude of technologies including semiconductor, telecommunications, encryption, medical devices and data processing. 

Angela is a certified Irish, UK and European Patent Attorney and she also has a certificate in Intellectual Property Litigation (UK). She graduated first in her class in Electronic Engineering in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland where she went on to earn a PhD in digital signal processing. She spent one year of her PhD working in the École Normale Supérieure Cachan, Paris, France. After completing her PhD she spent two years working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tsukuba, Japan. 


Ciara Grace

Financial Controller

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As Financial Controller, Ciara is responsible for the end-to-end financial management of Key Patent Innovations. In this role she supports the MD in executing the company strategy by creating accurate reporting and high-quality analysis..

Prior to joining Key Patent Innovations, Ciara was Financial Controller of Publicis, a creative advertising agency. She was responsible for leading the Finance Department and working with the Board of Directors to drive company performance. Previously Ciara was Financial Controller - Europe for Intellectual Ventures, a global leader in the acquisition, sales, and licensing of intellectual property. Her wide-ranging role encompassed all aspects of financial management for multiple European entities across several groups. During this time, she balanced day to day financial operations with ad hoc projects such as restructuring, distributions, and technical analysis.

Ciara started her accountancy career in the audit department of PricewaterhouseCoopers, working with brand name clients predominantly in tech and mobile industries. 

Ciara is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland with over 10 years post qualification experience. She also holds a diploma in Strategic Finance and Data Analytics, and an honours degree in Accounting and Finance from Dublin City University. 


Anthony Kavanagh
Patent Counsel

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As Patent Counsel for Key Patent Innovations, Anthony supports all aspects of the company’s licensing and monetization efforts. Prior to joining Key Patent Innovations, Anthony worked in private practice, in Ireland and the UK, representing large technology and medical device clients. He is known for obtaining protection for technology that is challenging to patent and saving applications that run into trouble. Unsurprisingly, his experience includes a lot of European opposition and appeal proceedings. 

Anthony is a registered UK and European Patent Attorney, has a certificate in Intellectual Property Litigation (UK), and is a certified European Patent Litigator (UPC). He is also a member of the Institute of Physics. 

Before working in patent law, Anthony was a researcher. After completing his PhD in atomic physics in Belfast and Tokyo, he worked for the Institute of Cancer Research and Oxford University. His research projects spanned many fields from fundamental measurements of extreme forms of matter to computational optimization of radiotherapy.


Diego Lugones
Licensing Executive

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As Licensing Executive for Key Patent Innovations, Diego provides technical expertise to support portfolio licensing and monetization efforts. He provides engineering insight for all aspects of licensing campaigns, including infringement analysis, investigation and discovering of evidence, and portfolio valuation.

Prior to joining Key Patent Innovations, Diego managed several research programs related to network automation based on machine learning and cloud technologies. As part of his work on technology research, Diego produced research articles and was named inventor on multiple patents while managing a distributed team of computer scientist and software developers. Diego has worked in top technology companies and is an experienced technologist with expertise in distributed systems and software platforms.


Diego completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University Autonoma of Barcelona, UAB, where he also served as assistant professor. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the Dublin City University, DCU. His research contributions range from high-performance computing to datacenter networking and cloud computing.

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Glen Gibbons

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Máiréad Lyons

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Paul Riley

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Paul Seaman

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Dave Mathews
Licensing Executive

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As Licensing Executive for Key Patent Innovations, Dave supports all aspects of the company’s acquisition, licensing and monetization activities. He provides technical and commercial insights to identify untapped market segments and develop licensing campaigns to optimize and expand the revenue pipeline. Dave also provides engineering expertise to develop highly impactful technical materials to assist licensing campaigns. 
Prior to joining Key Patent Innovations, Dave worked in multiple technical client facing roles with Intellectual Ventures with activities ranging from development of technical material and sales pitch decks to robust rebuttals and negotiations. He identified unexplored commercial areas to support new accounts which increased the revenue pipeline by nine figures and generated tens of millions in revenue. Dave led and supported licensing activities in the US, South Korea and Japan. 
Dave has significant experience in the medical device sector and currently lectures in Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in Medical Device Innovation. He holds a First-class honours degree in Mechatronic Engineering, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and an Executive MBA from Smurfit Business School.

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