Mr John Whelan > A&L Goodbody LLP > Dublin, Ireland > Lawyer Profile

A&L Goodbody LLP
D01 H104
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IP & Technology.


John Whelan is a partner and head of the Commercial & Technology Practice at A&L Goodbody. John advises clients on commercial, regulatory and contentious matters with a focus on commercial contracts, technology, privacy, IP and telecoms. On the IP side he has been involved in most of the significant patent cases that have come before the Irish courts. John also advises tech and pharma companies establishing operations in Ireland. Before joining A&L Goodbody as a partner in 2003, John worked with a global law firm in London and Hong Kong. He established and headed up A&L Goodbody’s US offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto from 2013 to 2016.

Lawyer Rankings

Ireland > Intellectual property

(Hall of Fame)

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A&L Goodbody LLP‘s intellectual property practice stands out for its work representing clients in contentious matters, appearing before the Irish Commercial Court, High Court, and Supreme Court, as well as the General Court of the European Union. The team also handles IP protection and licensing for prominent companies, particularly in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors. Practice head John Whelan and John Cahir are the key partners in the team, handling both contentious and non-contentious IP work.

Ireland > Healthcare and life sciences

A&L Goodbody LLP‘s ‘customer-oriented‘ team is particularly active in corporate and capital markets matters in the life sciences sector, advising domestic and international pharmaceutical companies on M&A, capital raisings and IPOs. The team also has significant expertise in IP litigation, procurement and competition issues, and gives regulatory advice, including assistance with Brexit preparations. Cliona Christle, who specialises in medical negligence and product liability litigation, and David Widger, who focuses on corporate matters, lead the team. In addition, John Whelan advises on IP issues and senior associate Róise Nic Ghráinne on healthcare litigation and regulation.

Ireland > Information technology

(Leading individuals)

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A&L Goodbody LLP‘s information technology team handles a range of matters in this area, including contentious and non-contentious data protection issues  and advising clients on outsourcing. The team also handles intellectual property disputes involving technology patents. Practice head John Whelan is experienced in commercial, contentious and regulatory work, while John Cahir is known for his work acting for technology clients in disputes and transactions. The practice also acts alongside the firm’s corporate team to handle M&A transactions in this sector.

Ireland > Media and entertainment

A&L Goodbody LLP s media and entertainment practice forms part of the firm’s broader commercial and technology team, and the team is particularly active in matters that involve both media and technology, such as data protection issues. John Whelan, John Cahir, and David Widger lead the practice.

Ireland > Telecoms

A&L Goodbody LLP is noted for its work acting for clients in litigation against the Commission for Communications Regulation, and also advises on corporate and commercial work such as reorganisations and transactions in the telecoms sector. The practice also handles cross-border work alongside the firm’s Belfast office, including litigation against Ofcom, the British telecoms regulator. The practice is led by John Whelan and David Widger.

Ireland > Data privacy and data protection

(Leading individuals)

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Led by John Whelan, A&L Goodbody LLP acts for leading Irish companies and multinationals, with a particular focus on the technology sector. The team advises clients on data protection and GDPR compliance, data sharing agreements, and also assists with responding to inquiries from the Data Protection Commissioner. John Cahir is another key contact in the team.