A&L Goodbody maintains a “leading” trademark practice amid its full-service set-up. Understanding that legal advice provided in a vacuum will not fly in the C-suite, its IP aces routinely bounce ideas off their banking and finance and tax counterparts in order to devise holistic strategies rooted in commercial reality. John Cahir
and John Whelan
form the nucleus of the practice, excelling in both backrooms and courtrooms. Getting signatures on the bottom line of lucrative rights transfer agreements is the sort of challenge that Cahir loves and never shies away from. His IP expertise stretches beyond trademarks into neighbouring fields – for instance, he is chairman of the Irish Copyright Association. The forward-looking Whelan helms the firm’s international technology practice and, with his robust regulatory knowledge, is a favourite among pharmaceutical entities.
Exploiting valuable rights is the metier
of commercial law firm Arthur Cox’s trademark team. Its lawyers keep abreast of all developments – big and small – in their clients’ industries so that nothing lies outside their field of vision. John Menton
is the first choice for many enterprising brand owners. Leading the corporate team, he has the skill set needed to realise even the most ambitious objectives and knows what senior business executives want from outside counsel – straightforward, transparent, to-the-point support with every option clearly outlined.
Beauchamps superbly straddles the contentious/non-contentious divide, furnishing clients with incisive counsel that hits the mark every time; its filing strategies are wisely informed by lessons learned in infringement cases. Technology and brands team captain Maureen Daly
exemplifies the firm’s versatility. She monetises rights with aplomb and displays nimble courtroom footwork whenever a case takes a surprise turn. Interviewees praise her remarkable work ethic, legal knowledge and personable, positive nature.
DFMG Solicitors serves up a stellar suite of services; clearance checks, rights transfers and high-profile litigation are all handled with the utmost flair and finesse. Recent highlights include filing EU trademark applications on behalf of Gilead Sciences and assisting Rowex on the Irish leg of a worldwide dispute with GlaxoSmithKline concerning the use of the colour purple for inhalers; the latter was the first matter in Ireland to consider whether a stay under Article 104 of the EU Trademark Regulation was required. The “fantastic” Patricia McGovern
led the charge on this project. She has a tremendous client roster that also takes in Philip Morris, BMW and Northern and Shell. Coordinating assiduous anti-counterfeiting programmes is another of her strong suits.
Eugene F Collins
Blending impeccable technical knowledge with a modern, international outlook, Eugene F Collins continues to entice brand owners of all shapes and sizes. While it offers a bumper service menu, it is best known for its creative, cost-effective assistance on the non-contentious side; applications are deftly drafted and portfolios masterfully managed. Bringing his consummate interpersonal skills into play, managing partner David Hackett
steers clients safely through precarious negotiations time and again. Telecommunications is one of his specialist sectors.
Enterprises seeking reliable outside counsel for pragmatic, round-the-clock brand management support would be well advised to consider LK Shields. The full-service player has the wherewithal to establish, expand and safeguard trademark portfolios with ease. Because it can package its IP assistance with straightforward advice on areas such as company formation and shareholding arrangements, it is particularly popular with start-ups. New recruit Peter Bolger
has invigorated the practice with his ever-fresh thinking. He is a poised strategist with 20 years’ experience and a nose for novel monetisation opportunities.
Mason Hayes & Curran
Mason Hayes & Curran’s trademark whizzes are “extremely diligent; they put in the hours to make sure that they really get what clients want and then do everything they can to bring that about”. Filing a complex EU trademark application, sewing up a favourable licensing contract and winning a high-stakes case are all in a day’s work for the indefatigable team. Heavyweight litigators Richard Woulfe and Gerard Kelly form its core. Kelly counts pharmaceuticals as a forte and is a regular face before the Commercial Court, while Woulfe shines in the social media realm.
Clients keep coming back to Matheson for its foresight, responsiveness and distinctively innovative thinking. Filing strategies are mapped out with a laser focus on business objectives and crown-jewel intellectual assets are skilfully exploited. Thanks to offices in New York, Palo Alto and now San Francisco supplementing the Dublin headquarters, it is particularly popular among US companies with European interests; its London base continues to help it win weighty mandates from the United Kingdom, too. Spearheading the IP practice, Deirdre Kilroy
has the experience to safely shepherd licensing agreements to a successful close and conduct due diligence that leaves no stone unturned.
McCann FitzGerald collaborates intimately with brand owners, familiarising itself with every nook and cranny of their market so that nothing will take it by surprise. Pragmatism and promptness are hallmarks of the team’s non-contentious service. Regularly pooling knowledge, Adam Finlay
and Paula Fearon
manage portfolios with élan. Finlay brings complementary advertising and product placement expertise to the table; exquisite communicator Fearon goes out of her way to condense the most intricate issues into easily actionable takeaways for busy clients. In the courtroom, Fiona O’Beirne
and Paul Lavery
come to the fore. Having litigated for over 25 years, O’Beirne has seen just about all there is to see in trademark law. Taking charge of the technology and innovation group, Lavery is au courant
with the most cutting-edge software developments.
Since it was founded in 1996, commercial law firm Philip Lee has moved from strength to strength. Overseas bases in Brussels and San Francisco – plus exclusive membership in Ireland of the global network Multilaw – have attracted a string of multinationals with cross-border issues on their hands. They always receive robust, dependable service from Ann Henry
and Anne Bateman
. Henry is a tremendous litigator who has been turning heads with her tireless get-up-and-go spirit. Pharmaceutical giants make a beeline to life sciences sage Bateman, who supplements her solid trademark practice with in-depth data protection expertise.
“William Fry has a very strong trademark practice and deservedly gets the lion’s share of the work in Ireland.” Oozing experience and commercial savvy, its lawyers oversee global product launches with verve and extinguish infringement flames without breaking a sweat. Anti-counterfeiting is a notable specialty, due to the outfit’s strong ties to the customs authorities. David Cullen
has been blazing a trail in this regard with his extensive support for Duracell. He is a diligent, dedicated professional who always offers a unique take on thorny problems. Enforcement virtuosos Carol Plunkett
and Laura Scott
are extolled for their “excellent technical ability, commercial outlooks and wit”. They have been supporting GlaxoSmithKline on a significant trademark infringement and passing-off matter. Ranked in the gold band of the WTR 1000
, Plunkett is a true doyenne of IP law.