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A&L Goodbody has been highly active in patent litigation, where practice head John Whelan is particularly recommended for his life sciences expertise. Another name to note is John Cahir, who defended Allied Imports in the Commercial Court concerning an alleged breach of a European Union trade mark and passing off.

Mason Hayes & Curran provides ‘expert advice’ across the full range of IP. Gerard Kelly is acting for Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland in two related patent revocation cases concerning respiratory products containing tiotropium bromide. Practice head Richard Woulfe is ‘excellent with clients’.

McCann FitzGerald is ‘one of the top IP litigation firms, especially for patents’; recent highlights include Fiona O’Beirne defending Hewlett-Packard in Commercial Court patent revocation proceedings brought by Memjet. Paul Lavery leads on non-contentious work, where clients include Champion Products.

William Fry’s team is defending Merck Sharpe Dohme in Commercial Court patent infringement proceedings brought by Bristol-Myers Squibb and others. Carol Plunkett has ‘an amazing IP knowledge base’, Laura Scott has the ‘Midas touch with clients’ and the ‘smartLeo Moore is also recommended.

At Arthur Cox, Eve Mulconry successfully acted for Times Newspapers in injunction proceeding relating to a trade mark infringement case brought by the Irish Times. Mulconry and practice head Rob Corbet are ‘top class’.

DFMG Solicitors advises clients across a broad range of industries on brand protection, notably including trade mark and design infringement work. Practice head Patricia McGovern continued to act for distributor Rowex in the worldwide dispute between GlaxoSmithKline and Sandoz concerning the use of the colour purple.

Matheson’s team has been busy with a range of IP mandates, including assisting Danone with trade mark portfolio management and successfully representing Web Reservations in an appeal relating to the invalidity of the figurative trade mark. Alistair Payne left to found his own firm.

Philip Lee continued to handle major litigation for key client Ryanair, which it represented in a trade mark infringement action against Google Ireland, Google Inc and eDreams in the Commercial Court. Anne Bateman and Ann Henry are recommended.

Whitney MooreAoife Murphy recently acted for Teva in patent revocation proceedings against Amgen. Senior associate Robin Hayes handled various copyright infringement cases.

Maureen Daly at Beauchamps Solicitors gives ‘clear advice’ and has been particularly active advising international clients such as United Drug on trade mark protection.

ByrneWallace’s practice is led by Darren Daly, who is ‘simply the best in commercial matters’, and recommended litigator Jon Legorburu. The team is representing SCA in patent infringement litigation before the Commercial Court.

Eugene F. Collins’ practice is led by managing partner David Hackett, who was busy with a range of non-contentious mandates including copyright enforcement and rebranding issues.

Eversheds Sutherland’s Marie McGinley has ‘an excellent understanding of business needs’ and handles contentious and non-contentious aspects of trade mark and brand management work.

Deirdre Kilroy heads the IP team at LK Shields Solicitors and has experience in trade mark prosecution and enforcement work.

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