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Ciara Cullen

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IP and technology


Partner. An IP and technology litigation specialist, Ciara is dual qualified in England & Wales and the Republic of Ireland and has acted in several international disputes.

Having acted in several disputes before the English and Irish Courts, the UK IPO, the ICC and CIETAC, Ciara's practice also has a significant international element and sees her advising clients on multi-jurisdictional disputes across the full range of IP rights including trade marks / passing off, copyright, patents, design rights, breach of confidential information and IP licence disputes.

On the non-contentious side, Ciara supports clients on brand protection and counterfeit issues, IP projects and licensing, sponsorship/endorsement arrangements, franchising and commercial contracts.  She also provides specialist advice on IP and technology acquisitions and disposals. 

Clients range from luxury goods, retail and food to FMCG, technology, media, life sciences, insurance and financial services. 

Ciara has been published in several leading journals including Managing IP, e-Commerce Law and Policy, SCL, LexisNexis and ILO and regularly speaks at client and industry conferences. Ciara is a member of the editorial team that produces the annual TerraLex Cross-Border Copyright Guide.

London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

RPC’s cross-departmental group has been notably active in the insurance and financial services sectors. It recently advised RSA Insurance on the Brexit-related restructuring of its European business and assisted The Equitable Life Assurance Society with the transfer of its Irish and German life insurance business  into a newly incorporated Irish subsidiary. Practices that contribute regularly to the firm’s Brexit coverage include the commercial, IP, data privacy, employment, regulatory, tax and corporate teams, and the firm also leverages its position as part of the TerraLex network to enhance its multijurisdictional offering. IP and technology partner Ciara Cullen leads the group, which also fields insurance and non-contentious regulatory expert Matthew Griffith and corporate specialist Neil Brown.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

The 'extremely capable' intellectual property group at RPC is 'strong all round', with capabilities across a range of disputes and transactional work and particular experience in the retail, food and drink, technology, media and sport sectors. The 'dedicated and hard-working' team is led by Jeremy Drew, who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters; and includes the 'very clever, thorough and thoughtful' David Cran, food and drink sector specialist Ciara Cullen, and Paul Joseph, who 'provides clear targeted advice, which is delivered quickly even in complicated situations with many uncertainties'. The team has further strengthened its practice with the addition of commercial technology and IP lawyer Paul Joukador, who joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Legal directors Ben Mark and Georgia Davis are also highlighted; Mark specialises in trade marks and passing off issues, while the 'conscientious and detail-oriented' Davis has a particular focus on trade mark and design litigation.

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