Ireland > Intellectual property
Index of tables
A&L Goodbody’s ‘solid’ team provides ‘quality, solution-focused advice’, and is representing Google following a competitive tender. It acted for Abbott Laboratories regarding the Irish aspects of its multi-jurisdictional patent dispute with Medinol. John Whelan, John Cahir and Mark Rasdale are the practice co-heads.
Arthur Cox is representing GlaxoSmithKline in a patent revocation claim brought by BiogenEli, and acts for a number of top universities and technology colleges on all of their IP needs. The IDA and Paddy Power are also clients of the team, which is led by John Menton, who ‘stands out by far in terms of ability’.
Matheson’s ‘excellent’ and ‘commercially focused’ practice acts for clients such as Diageo, Philip Morris and UEFA on a comprehensive range of IP issues and protection. It continues to represent UPC and Hutchinson 3G Ireland in litigation over file sharing, which matter is led by practice head Alistair Payne, who is ‘technically very good with a great commercial approach’.
McCann FitzGerald is acting for Eli Lilly in patent revocation and non-infringement proceedings, and other clients include Pfizer, Bord Gáis and Champion Sports. Fiona O’Beirne succeeded Rosaleen Byrne as head of the group, which also includes Roddy Bourke, who is ‘able to draw the strands together under time pressure’.
William Fry’s Carol Plunkett is a star of the Irish IP fraternity and leads the firm’s contentious practice, which is defending Tesco in a trade mark infringement action brought by Aldi. David Cullen is ‘one of the best in the business’ and leads on the non-contentious side. Leo Moore ‘will always find interesting commercial angles in times of need’.
Patricia McGovern at DFMG Solicitors is ‘one of the best IP lawyers in the country’, and ‘very familiar with the ins-and-outs of trade mark registration in Ireland and the EU’. Clients include The Coca-Cola Company, BMW and IKEA.
Richard Woulfe heads Mason Hayes & Curran’s substantial IP practice, which advises global companies with extensive IP demands, and also acts for public bodies on the protection of matters of cultural heritage.
WhitneyMoore’s team was victorious for bakery company McCambridge in Ireland’s first passing-off case in 30 years before the Supreme Court. Aoife Murphy is ‘calm under fire’ and provides service that is ‘second to none’. Associate Robin Hayes is ‘extremely knowledgeable about the law’.
Beauchamps Solicitors’ Maureen Daly is admired for her industry knowledge, appropriate advice and attention to detail. She led the defence of online travel company On The Beach in IP infringement litigation brought by Ryanair.
ByrneWallace’s Jon Legorburu has noteworthy expertise in contentious IP and is leading advice to supermarket chain Lidl on its brand protection strategies. Other clients include the Olympic Council of Ireland and Tourism Ireland.
Eugene F. Collins provides an in-house trade mark filing service. Additionally, commercial partner David Hackett is an IP practitioner who is defending new client, The HR Company, against an infringement allegation made by a government body.
Eversheds’ clients include Samsung, Roche Diagnostics and Carluccios plc, and the team’s advice spans a broad range of issues such as trade mark, copyright, advertising and licensing. Tony McGovern heads the practice with support from senior associate Kate Colleary, who is ‘technically outstanding’.
LK Shields Solicitors’ growing international client base includes Red Bull, News International and Pernod, and the team also advised Done Deal, Ireland’s largest online classified advertising provider, on trade mark prosecution. Deirdre Kilroy is ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced in the area of IP’.
Litigator Anne Bateman at Philip Lee advises on IP-related corporate support and disputes. Clients include pharmaceuticals multinationals and other international companies.
Hayes Solicitors’ key IP lawyers are David Phelan, Andrew O’Rorke and Joe O’Malley. While none are full-time specialists, they provide ‘clear and concise advice’ and undertake trade mark work for The Irish Times, the Irish Cancer Society and Primark.