Full-service A&L Goodbody has been a fixture of the Irish legal services market since 1901. With much-respected asset finance, corporate, real estate and tax teams just down the hall, the IP squad can easily call on business-focused back-up to ensure that its counsel is resolutely commercial. This holistic approach proves popular with companies of all shapes and sizes. The firm’s biggest draw is John Cahir
: “He has a fantastic grounding in the field and is a very strong litigator. He is a pleasure to work with – even when he’s on the other side. He never makes things difficult just for the sake of it; he is more practical than that.” The “excellent” John Whelan
is another magnet for innovative enterprises, especially those in the high-tech and pharmaceutical fields; he heads the firm’s international technology practice.
Corporate powerhouse Arthur Cox really comes into its own in trademark licensing, portfolio management and transfer matters; its sparkling client roster features both national and international household names and it prides itself on its impeccable brand knowledge. Commercially attuned non-contentious star John Menton
has represented a plethora of cutting-edge technology companies; broadcasting and telecommunications are fortes. Having headed the firm’s New York office for a spell, he has forged fantastic international links.
Beauchamps’ trademark team deftly advises some of the continent’s biggest brand owners across the contentious/non-contentious divide; it has abundant experience in contractual and transactional matters and a unique understanding of the software sector. Technology and brands unit head Maureen Daly
boasts a formidable track record before the country’s courts. She chairs the IP law committee of the Law Society of Ireland and has contributed to influential volumes Technology and IP law
and Data Protection Laws of the World.
“Proper IP outfit” DFMG Solicitors is “very highly respected and well thought of in the community. Its lawyers are extremely prompt in responding; turnover is routinely fast”. The firm’s comprehensive trademark offering has attracted a panoply of global commercial heavyweights looking for a one-stop shop. It recently represented Gilead Sciences, Philip Morris and Northern and Shell on non-contentious matters; on the contentious front, it assisted Rowex on the Irish arm of the company’s multi-jurisdictional dispute with GlaxoSmithKline concerning the use of the colour purple on inhalers. Working for all these clients, Patricia McGovern
takes a “very robust and innovative approach to problems. She is extremely practical, commercial and seriously experienced. She is certainly a fantastic practitioner”. Anti-counterfeiting is one of her strong suits.
Eugene F Collins
Safeguarding innovation across the spectrum of industries, forward-thinking boutique Eugene F Collins maintains an extensive range of specialisms. It complements its well-regarded trademark practice with strong banking and finance, media and broadcasting, and competition practices – a span that ensures complete coverage of any IP conundrum that may arise. Managing partner David Hackett
sits on the legal working group of the Irish Internet Association and is a respected e-commerce sage.
Full-service operator LK Shields offers 360-degree counsel to clients, astutely escorting both emerging and established businesses through registration and prosecution and valiantly defending their rights in the most heated disputes. It is especially well known for its work in the software, media and entertainment sectors. Leading the IP and technology team, Deirdre Kilroy
is a trademark maven with complementary expertise in data privacy, advertising and outsourcing. She also publishes and lectures widely.
Mason Hayes & Curran
“When it comes to IP knowledge, Mason Hayes & Curran has the best modern team in the country. Its lawyers are extremely sophisticated and really know their stuff – they are truly fantastic when it comes to the intricacies of trademark and technology licensing.” On the non-contentious side, the firm recently advised Theya Healthcare on a number of significant filing matters. On the contentious side, it represented Aymes International and NutriMedical in High Court infringement proceedings concerning Nualtra’s range of products with the NUTRIPLEN mark. Enforcement king Richard Woulfe
leads the IP team; he has over 30 years’ experience and is a regular in the Commercial Court. The “marvellous” Peter Bolger
“marries corporate-commercial expertise with trademark law. He is highly knowledgeable about both Irish and EU law and provides excellent counsel”.
With a Dublin head office complemented by outposts in New York and Palo Alto, Matheson is a favourite of international companies and premier financial institutions in particular; it represents over half of the Fortune 100 companies. “It is very strong in corporate IP enforcement”, as evidenced by its recent representation of Google in infringement and unfair competition litigation brought by Ryanair. It also adroitly assisted Diageo with passing-off matters.
“You know you’re dealing with people of high calibre when you work with McCann Fitzgerald. The team is of the highest quality. It really has a very strong reputation.” The impressive business-minded firm has the breadth of experience to guide clients through the trickiest contentious and non-contentious matters. Recent highlights include advising Volkswagen on prosecution and strategy concerning its vehicles, spare parts and sponsorship naming rights; and representing Transport International Ireland in connection with licensing and branding issues regarding the outsourcing of free-flow tolling operations on the M50 motorway surrounding Dublin. Involved in the latter work was Paul Lavery
, a franchising and distribution specialist who lectures widely and heads the technology and innovation team. Non-contentious whizz Adam Finlay
is “highly professional and proactive in seeking innovative solutions to complex issues; he provides an excellent service”. Fiona O'Beirne
“is a very knowledgeable lawyer and an easy and ethical person to deal with. She is really experienced in litigation – she knows what she’s doing”. Paula Fearon
is a familiar face in the Commercial Court and boasts in-depth expertise in the clothing, food and drink and pharmaceutical sectors.
Philip Lee has been making waves on the trademark scene since 1993. Headquartered in Dublin, it maintains strategic bureaux in Brussels and San Francisco; it is also the only Irish member of Multilaw, an extensive law firm consortium covering 70 countries. This has made it a top choice for international companies with multi-jurisdictional problems on their hands. “Fantastic” Anne Bateman
is a life sciences maven with a wealth of experience before the Supreme Court. Teammate Ann Henry
is at her very best handling large-scale regulatory litigation and counts medical devices as a specialism.
Resource-rich William Fry offers an A-to-Z IP menu to its many longstanding clients. It is best known for its pharmaceutical prowess and comprehensive anti-counterfeiting practice. It recently represented GlaxoSmithKline in a battle with Rowex and Vacaciones eDreams – one of Europe’s biggest online travel agencies – in infringement, passing-off and competition law proceedings before the Commercial Court. Other notable clients include Asics and Allcare Pharmacy. Leading light Carol Plunkett
is a formidable commercial litigator: “She is really well respected, and has been for some time, for her contentious work. She is extremely able.” Laura Scott
has been battling side by side with her in the GlaxoSmithKline matter. Scott has adroitly conducted myriad cross-border matters and is a medical devices maestro to boot. David Cullen
maintains a strong non-contentious practice; he plies his trade at the bleeding edge of the tech sphere.