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IT and telecoms

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  1. IT and telecoms
  2. Leading individuals

Arthur Cox Belfast advises on IT and telecoms related issues for public and private sector clients, and recently advised the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment on its plans to develop Northern Ireland’s broadband infrastructure. It also assisted start-up Spacehop with drafting its privacy policy, terms of use and acceptable use policy. William Curry and Alan Taylor are the key names.

Carson McDowell LLP’s diverse IT and telecoms sector client base includes Graphical Data, which it advised on a range of issues throughout 2015, including a template software as a service agreement and on the use of VAR agreements. Other clients include broadcast facilities provider Pi Communications. Dawn McNight leads the group.

Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s clients include website providers, for which it acts in both contentious and advisory matters. Recent highlights include acting for Bee VM on its joint venture with Connect Telecom and on a related cloud software development and reseller agreement. Other clients include the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Telefónica UK (O2) and BT. Joe Marley has particular expertise in acting for telecoms companies and associate Michael King specialises in TMT litigation.

The team at Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP is ‘very knowledgeable and can grasp issues quickly’. The team acts for a range of clients on software licences, IT outsourcing and related agreements, as well as transactional IT matters. Recent highlights include advising Kx Systems, a Californian software company, on its sale to First Derivatives. Paul McBride is the key name.

Mark Thompson and Brendan Fox head the team at A&L Goodbody, which ‘goes above and beyond’. The firm recently assisted Cardinal Analytics with the drafting of a bespoke end-user licence agreement related to its data analytics software as a service product. Ivan Waide left the firm in early 2016 to head up IP at AlmacSciences.

Rory Campbell heads the IT team at Forde Campbell LLC, which advises public-sector bodies, private companies and individuals on their IT needs. It has particular experience in app development, software and telecommunications.

Highlights for Tughans included acting for a large software provider on its acquisition of another software company, and advising a major television channel on the employment aspects of its sale. Adrian O’Connell is the name to note.


Intellectual property

Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading individuals

Mark Thompson and Brendan Fox lead the ‘very approachable team’ at A&L Goodbody, which stands out for its ‘excellent value for money’. The practice recently represented a global technology company in IP litigation and enforcement in Northern Ireland’s High Court, and is providing advice to the Irish Football Association on the enforcement of its IP rights.

Arthur Cox Belfast advises clients across a range of sectors, including education; it is assisting the University of Ulster on IP licensing and transfer matters. Alan Taylor is the name to note.

Declan Magee and Dawn McKnight head the IP team at Carson McDowell LLP, which advises on contentious and non-contentious IP matters covering copyright, patents and trade marks. The practice is continuing to defend a local company in patent infringement proceedings.

The ‘highly rated’ team at Pinsent Masons Belfast LLP has a focus on the education sector. The team regularly works with Queen’s University, Belfast, recently advising its incubation unit, QUBIS, on its IP and corporate arrangements. The team also handles patent infringement litigation for local companies.Paul McBride, David Kirkpatrick and Hilary Griffith head the group.

Tughans is noted for its ‘excellent response times and for the clear and concise quality of its advice’. Adrian O’Connell leads the team, which is particularly strong in the technology sector; recent highlights include acting for Fusion Antibodies on licensing and patent issues. The team also advised Bedeck, a luxury textiles company, on the reorganisation of its IP portfolio.

Scott Kennedy leads the team at Cleaver Fulton Rankin, which works with a range of private companies on patent matters, including patent infringement challenges and licensing. It also handles trade mark issues. Key clients include the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute for Northern Ireland, which it advises on collaboration agreements with the UK, US and Chinese research establishments.

Forde Campbell LLC’s team of technology and IP experts advises on trade mark and design registrations, licences, commercial agreements and litigation. Mathew Forde, Rory Campbell and Katey Dixon are the key names.

Mills Selig has particular strength advising technology companies including mobile app developers and software companies. Recent highlights include acting for local companies on patent portfolios, data supply and licensing agreements. Key figures include practice head Kathryn Walls, who is ‘excellent to work with and has fantastic business acumen’, Paul Spring and Emma Hunt.


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