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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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