Sean Dennehey


Sean joined the IPO as a patent examiner in 1978. In addition to a series of leadership roles, he has had experience of domestic policy development and international negotiation. As a tribunal Hearing Officer, he has decided patent disputes as an alternative or prelude to litigation in the High Court.

Previous roles in government

  1. Deputy Chief Executive, IPO

    • 2017 to 2018
  2. Acting Chief Executive and Comptroller General, IPO

    • 2016 to 2017