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At A&L Goodbody, practice head John Whelan is handling a number of patent cases in the life sciences and healthcare sector including defending Boston Scientific in an alleged patent infringement case relating to transcatheter heart valves. The team also handled trade mark infringement work for a multinational technology company. John Cahir and Mark Rasdale, who has ‘a depth of legal knowledge and commercial nous’, are noted.

Mason Hayes & Curran handles major patent and trade mark cases, with Gerard Kelly acting for Celltrion and others in the defence of patent infringement proceedings relating to biosimilars. Practice head Richard Woulfe specialises in urgent interlocutory injunction applications arising from passing off, trade mark and copyright disputes.

McCann FitzGeraldcan put forward a team with the strong scientific/technical background that is required for patent litigation’. Practice head Fiona O’Beirne, who is adept at ‘fitting Irish litigation into an international strategy’, defended HP in Irish Commercial Court patent revocation proceedings relating to inkjet technology. Paul Lavery and Adam Finlay, who is also a registered trade mark agent, advise on non-contentious IP.

Whitney Moore’s ‘excellent understanding of pharmaceutical and high-tech patent litigation’ was in evidence with ‘superb communicatorAoife Murphy acting for Edwards Lifesciences in a claim against Boston Scientific alleging infringement of its transcatheter heart valves. Recently promoted partner Robin Hayes, who is ‘very clever’, handles contentious and non-contentious IP.

William Fry is ‘superb for global litigation’, particularly in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device fields. The ‘strategic and practicalLaura Scott is representing GlaxoSmithKline in patent infringement proceedings against Pfizer relating to Pfizer’s meningitis B vaccine Trumenba. ‘Leading lawyerCarol Plunkett was active in the trade mark infringement space for e-Dreams. Associates Charleen O’Keeffe, who is ‘an original thinker’, and Colette Brady are also noted.

Newly established boutique Acuatus provides ‘top-class advice’ to clients such as Intel and Awas Ireland. Founding partner Alistair Payne, whose ‘depth of sectoral knowledge instils real confidence’, was highly active in the contentious space, where highlights included defending Mylan in pharmaceutical patent litigation brought by Gilead Sciences.

Arthur Cox’s team includes litigator Gavin Woods, who provides ‘considered advice’ on IP infringement to the likes of Facebook Ireland. Another name to note is David O’Donohoe, who has experience in handling patent cases. Non-contentious specialist Rob Corbet heads the practice.

At DFMG Solicitors, the well-regarded Patricia McGovern handles contentious and non-contentious IP work for clients such as Ikea and Gilead Sciences. McGovern is also a registered trade mark agent.

Matheson’s team was bolstered by the hire of new practice head Deirdre Kilroy, who joined from LK Shields Solicitors. Kilroy has particular expertise in trade mark prosecution and enforcement. Litigator Michael Finn is the other name to note.

Philip Lee’s team is handling a number of trade mark cases including representing Flogas against Calor Gas in a trade mark infringement and passing off dispute. Anne Bateman is ‘excellent for contentious patent matters’. Ann Henry joined Pinsent Masons LLP in 2018.

At Beauchamps, practice head Maureen Daly is ‘knowledgeable and approachable for Irish trade mark work’. Daly is defending On The Beach in the High Court in a screen scraping case brought by Ryanair.

ByrneWallace’s contentious group is led by the ‘effectiveJon Legorburu, who defended Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget in a patent infringement dispute before the Commercial Court pertaining to hygiene products. Non-contentious head Darren Daly was active in areas such as transactional due diligence and IP licensing.

At Eugene F. Collins, managing partner David Hackett’s caseload includes enforcing copyright for Sky UK’s sports broadcasts. Hackett was also highly active on trade mark registration and enforcement.

Eversheds Sutherland’s practice added a number of new clients including the Irish Commission for Communications Regulation. Practice head Marie McGinley is advising Payzone Ireland on all aspects of its trade mark and brand protection and exploitation.

At Hayes Solicitors, David Phelan regularly provides copyright advice to the likes of The Irish Times and NewsBrands Ireland. The team was also active in the trade mark space, with Laura Fannin, who provides ‘measured and useful advice’, advising on a trade mark infringement in the advertising sector.

LK Shields Solicitors’ team handles a good mix of contentious and non-contentious IP work, particularly trade mark-related, for clients such as Starbucks. Peter Bolger and Jeanne Kelly were new hires from Mason Hayes & Curran. Deirdre Kilroy joined Matheson.

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