Our leading Intellectual Property team has a wealth of experience advising on all aspects of intellectual property, both contentious and non-contentious, including trade marks, passing off, copyright, patents, designs, trade secrets and database rights.

We work with domestic and international clients across a diverse range of industries, including technology, pharmaceuticals and medical products, financial services, food and food services, consumer goods and services (including luxury goods) and media and entertainment.

Our established trade marks team assists businesses and brands with brand creation, registration, maintenance and enforcement and manages a large number of well-known trade mark portfolios for clients. The team includes three practitioners who are Registered Trade Mark and Design Agents. 

We also have extensive experience working with clients to identify and formulate strategies for securing and commercialising IP assets, including advising on complex intellectual property licensing arrangements; R&D collaboration agreements; and international franchise agreements.

Our team frequently advises clients in the media and entertainment sector in respect of rights issues relating to music, film and television projects, from development stage through to production and distribution and beyond.

In the patent-dependent sectors of pharmaceutics, biotechnology, medical devices, life sciences and manufacturing our lawyers help clients with compliance and challenges to IP rights in these highly regulated sectors.

We routinely help our clients to devise and implement programs to tackle counterfeiting, piracy, screen-scraping, cyber-squatting, spamming and other infringing acts. We prosecute and defend challenges and disputes and regularly take enforcement actions against infringers.

Experience

  • Trade marks, including trade mark registration, maintenance and enforcement as well as large-scale portfolio management.
  • IP licensing and commercialisation, including complex software licenses, intra-group IP licensing and ownership arrangements and international franchise agreements.
  • Copyright advice relating to film and television projects, including acquisition of rights, chain of title, music clearances and licensing and distribution arrangements.
  • Design rights, including registration, maintenance and enforcement.
  • Patents, including licensing and patent infringement matters.
  • Domain name protection, including ICANN proceedings.
  • Anti-counterfeiting and piracy advice.
  • Passing off.
  • Trade secrets and confidential information.

More from our Intellectual Property team

Awards &
Recommendations

‘The team are exceptionally personable and bring the information required down to an understandable level for clients who are not experts in this field.’ Recommended for Intellectual Property.

Legal 500 2023
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‘The team has strength in depth, responsive and commercial.’ Recommended for Intellectual Property.

Legal 500 2023
Awards &
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Recommended for Intellectual Property.

Chambers Europe 2023
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‘There is strength in depth with the LK Shields team and they give commercial, pragmatic advice in a timely fashion. A real extension of our own team.’ Recommended for Intellectual Property.

Legal 500 2022
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"Very responsive, commercial and pragmatic."

Chambers Europe 2022
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"They have real strength in depth. Every member is very commercial, pragmatic and great with clients." Recommended for Intellectual Property.

Legal 500 2021
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"They understand our business well from a commercial standpoint." Recommended for Intellectual Property.

Chambers Europe 2021
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'The team is very proactive, commercial, and easy to deal with. They are responsive and have good strength in depth.' Recommended for Intellectual Property.

Legal 500 2020
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The "well-regarded" team is recommended for Intellectual Property.

Chambers Europe 2020
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Recommended for Intellectual Property.

Chambers Europe 2019
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Recommended for Trade mark contentious

Managing Intellectual Property – IP Stars 2017
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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.

World Trademark Review 2017
Awards &
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Recommended for Intellectual Property.

Chambers Europe 2016
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Jane O’Grady

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+353 1 637 1554

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