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Glenn E.J. Murphy

Glenn E.J. Murphy


Wilmington, DE

How Glenn Helps Clients 

Glenn draws on over thirty-five years of private and corporate practice to understand his clients’ business goals and to leverage their intellectual property assets in pursuit of those goals. 

His practice has touched many aspects of intellectual property law, focusing on patent preparation, prosecution, and portfolio management; analysis and counseling on issues of patent validity and infringement; and analysis and counseling on issues of intellectual property relating to contracts and corporate transactions, including licensing and M&A. In addition to drafting and prosecuting patent applications filed in the U.S. and foreign patent offices, Glenn has briefed and argued before the U.S. Patent Office Board of Appeals, assisted with briefing and argument of appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and participated in bench and jury trials in the U.S. District Courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission.    

Glenn has served multinational companies in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and mechanical arts, including more than ten years as a senior patent attorney with a major European multinational chemical and consumer products company. In corporate practice he counseled businesses on researching, developing and marketing new products in a variety of chemical, mechanical, and related technologies for industrial and consumer markets, developing particular expertise in creating and managing strategic patent positions, clearing new products to market, and analyzing competitive intellectual property positions. 

What Clients Can Expect 

Glenn will provide practical and business-focused solutions to his clients’ intellectual property problems.   

Outside the Office 

At home, Glenn enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, cooking, gardening, and enjoying the outdoors, whether hiking, trail riding, mountain biking, or trying to recover a few dollars stolen from him by the sandbagging hackers he plays golf with at the local muni on weekends.

Proof Points

  • As in-house counsel, prepared and/or prosecuted to issuance more than 200 U.S. patents involving detergents, cosmetics, coatings, inks, adhesives, nutritional supplements, and related mechanical and design applications, led multiple business unit patent committees, provided advice on acquisitions, divestitures, and other transactions, and managed inter partes disputes and litigations.
  • Managed defense of patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation suit in U.S. District Court. Rendered pre-litigation opinion of non-infringement; patentee later sued. Testified in defense of opinion. At trial: directed verdict for defense; court followed critical claim construction consistent with pre-litigation opinion; no liability.
  • August 2018 – June 2022 secondment as acting general and IP counsel, managing IP and legal affairs for $500 mm annual turnover privately-held, multi-national specialty chemicals manufacturer. Drafted and negotiated commercial contracts for sales, distribution, toll manufacturing, supply, real estate, insurance, and procurement. Counseled and supported senior management and board of directors on all commercial and corporate transactions. Supported and advised senior management functions, including sales, finance, HR, tax, treasury, regulatory. Managed IP due diligence in sale of business culminating in merger with major EU chemical company.