Carole specialises in chemical inventions and has experience in the fields of medical technology, including drug stabilisation and ocular scaffolds; plastics, with applications such as gloves and coatings; and chemical mechanical polishing slurries. She often works with universities and has been actively involved in the patent strategy for protecting an exciting new “green” technology for reducing nitrogen oxides in vehicle exhaust streams.

Carole is experienced in patent drafting, prosecution and opposition and has carried out due diligence projects including conducting freedom to operate searches and providing opinions with regard to infringement. She has completed a secondment as in-house counsel and provided training and advice to research and development scientists to help them spot inventions and address third party issues.


  • Working with a client to protect and enforce a portfolio of IP rights relating to foundry products
  • Providing a regular IP clinic to R&D staff to discuss developments and product launches
  • Drafting and prosecuting a patent application through to grant for a client’s new process for preparing animal feed in spite of third party observations being filed twice
  • Prior to joining Barker Brettell, Carole’s work included drafting patent applications and providing assistance with strategy and patent prosecution in areas including food science and formulations and devices for the foundry industry.


“Carole has assisted RCSI on several patent filings in the fields of healthcare and life sciences. We were impressed with her ability to assess complex subject material, often against a pressing deadline, and extract the relevant details necessary to construct clear patent claims. Throughout the drafting and filing process, Carole provided regular progress updates to the inventors and encouraged us to contact her with questions and feedback. Carole is a diligent and dedicated attorney with an expert understanding of the issues and complexities around protecting intellectual property arising from academic research.”

Dr. Derek John, Technology Transfer Case Manager, Office of Research and Innovation, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland