Donal is the Managing Director of Chawton Innovation Services. His company offers consultancy in the areas of innovation and intellectual property management. Put simply, Chawton helps clients to appreciate their intellectual capital, assets and property, and to ensure that they then manage these intangibles in an efficient and effective manner. Donal’s client base includes Multi-Nationals, SMEs, Legal & IP Firms, Financial Services entities as well as Universities. Donal’s company also offers a suite of intellectual property software solutions for SMEs, Law Firms & IP Firms.
Donal graduated from NIHE Limerick (now The University of Limerick) in Ireland in ’85, with a Degree in Electronic Engineering.
Donal was am formerly a VP of R&D and a Director of IP at Nokia. He had a long career at Nokia for 21 years and had wide and varied experience in the wireless telecoms industry, having worked for periods in The Netherlands, UK, USA, Finland, and HK.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College Business School in London, and teaches about ‘IP management’.
Donal’s first book “Inside the Patent Factory” was published by Wiley & Sons in 2008. His second book “Harvesting External Innovation” was published by Gower Publishing in mid 2011. He also has written a large number of papers on various aspects of innovation and IP which have been published in a number of magazines, web sites and blogs around the world.
Since 2013, Donal has been included into the IAM 300 (the world’s leading IP Strategists) an annual listing of those individuals identified as offering operating companies and other IP owners world-class advice on maximising the value of their intellectual property.
Together with some associates, Donal also coaches and mentors a number of start-up companies on innovation and entrepreneurship.