Matheson


Intellectual Property

Related Expertise




Expertise

"Matheson is the most progressive Irish law firm."
IP Stars Handbook

Matheson’s specialist Intellectual Property practice is geared to meet the demands of our clients.

We advise a diverse domestic and international client base on both contentious and commercial intellectual property matters. We also advise on the intellectual property aspects of many of the largest corporate transactions taking place in Ireland.

Ireland is now a key low-tax European business hub. As a result there is an increasing amount of inward investment involving intellectual property rights.

We offer separate and dedicated Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment, Life Sciences and Retail and Leisure teams. The specialist nature of our practice groups enables us to offer a focused industry-based expertise while also providing strategic and expert intellectual property law advice and litigation services.

The group comprises dedicated IP lawyers. Our lawyers have specialised postgraduate qualifications and are committed to delivering pragmatic, commercial and concise advice to our clients.

Our group advises on:

Corporate

  • intellectual property due diligence reviews and strategic portfolio advice
  • acquisition/divestment and licensing of intellectual property rights
  • preparing and implementing corporate intellectual property protection programmes
  • employee rights and corporate ownership of intellectual property rights
  • international re-structuring of IP rights
  • securitisation of intellectual property rights
  • confidential information and trade secrets

Branding and trade marks

  • branding and trade mark protection programmes
  • trade mark filing and prosecution through Matheson trade mark advisors
  • trade mark and get-up licensing
  • protection of image, personality rights and business reputation
  • trade mark infringement and passing-off disputes
  • anti-counterfeiting and customs registration

Patents and technology

  • strategic patent protection and commercialisation advice
  • research and development agreements and technology licensing
  • patent ownership, infringement and validity disputes

Copyright designs and databases

  • computer game protection advice and licensing
  • registered and unregistered designs
  • database rights

Internet and domain names

  • Internet based trade mark and copyright infringement
  • website intellectual property risk management
  • international domain name protection strategies
  • domain name disputes

Professional activities

Lawyers in the Intellectual Property Group take an active role in local and international organisations concerned with the development of intellectual property law. Organisations in which we are involved include:

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • International Association for Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • MARQUES (The Association of European Trade Mark Owners)
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
  • Domain name dispute resolution services administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Centre and by the Czech Arbitration Court
  • Intellectual Property Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland

Experience Highlights

Recent experience includes:

  • undertaking strategic IP due diligence investigations and advising on IP issues in the context of mergers, takeovers, new ventures and investments in the insurance and cable / satellite television sectors, manufacturing, retail, biotechnology and Internet based software sectors
  • representing one of the largest international drinks manufacturers in trade mark infringement and passing-off proceedings and in brand protections matters
  • representing Irish fashion retailer in unregistered design litigation brought by a series of high street retailers
  • representing technology and research institutes and government agencies in patent ownership and infringement disputes
  • advising on parallel importation issues and representing parties in patent infringement disputes
  • advising and representing an international pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement dispute
  • representing branded merchandise manufacturers in trade mark and anti-counterfeiting matters
  • advising international paint manufacturer on copyright protection issues
  • advising banks, insurance companies, Ireland's national postal service provider, a international publishing conglomerate, international media company on trade mark and branding strategies and transitional arrangements in the context of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • advising multinational information service provider on copyright and licensing issues
  • advising Irish national sporting body on exploitation of image rights
  • advising private tertiary and governmental institutions on intellectual property policies and the commercialisation of intellectual property rights

Accolades

IP Expert of the Year
Wealth and Finance International 2016

"The lawyers are well organised, efficient and responsive." 
Chambers Europe 2016

Matheson stands out for its international expertise.
European Legal 500 2016

Matheson is best known for its first-rate contentious practice, and is home to an impressive prosecution and filing unit.
WTR1000 2016

"One of the best law firms to refer work to."
IP Stars Handbook 2015

"Matheson is the most progressive Irish law firm."
IP Stars Handbook 2015

"This team has a good depth of knowledge and a commercial approach."
Chambers Europe 2015

Matheson’s group is "commercial and responsive".
European Legal 500 2015

"The team is exceptional; nothing is too much trouble. You get technical but helpful advice and it really tries to find solutions."
Chambers Europe 2014

Matheson fields a team of "superb lawyers with outstanding commercial acumen".
European Legal 500 2014

"Matheson’s strengths are its commercial approach and understanding of our business."
Chambers Europe 2014

"The team has excellent technical knowledge and great experience of getting a difficult project completed. The lawyers are strong tacticians and stand apart for their commercially focused advice."
Chambers Europe 2013

Impressive full-service firm Matheson is among a small cluster of groups that undertakes the full spectrum of patent mandates, from contentious to transactional assignments. The IP department is "determined and resourceful".
IAM Patent 1000 2013

Matheson is a distinguished one-stop shop for trademark protection.
WTR 1000 2013

"Matheson is the most progressive Irish law firm."
IP Stars Handbook

Matheson’s specialist Intellectual Property practice is geared to meet the demands of our clients.

We advise a diverse domestic and international client base on both contentious and commercial intellectual property matters. We also advise on the intellectual property aspects of many of the largest corporate transactions taking place in Ireland.

Ireland is now a key low-tax European business hub. As a result there is an increasing amount of inward investment involving intellectual property rights.

We offer separate and dedicated Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Media and Entertainment, Life Sciences and Retail and Leisure teams. The specialist nature of our practice groups enables us to offer a focused industry-based expertise while also providing strategic and expert intellectual property law advice and litigation services.

The group comprises dedicated IP lawyers. Our lawyers have specialised postgraduate qualifications and are committed to delivering pragmatic, commercial and concise advice to our clients.

Our group advises on:

Corporate

  • intellectual property due diligence reviews and strategic portfolio advice
  • acquisition/divestment and licensing of intellectual property rights
  • preparing and implementing corporate intellectual property protection programmes
  • employee rights and corporate ownership of intellectual property rights
  • international re-structuring of IP rights
  • securitisation of intellectual property rights
  • confidential information and trade secrets

Branding and trade marks

  • branding and trade mark protection programmes
  • trade mark filing and prosecution through Matheson trade mark advisors
  • trade mark and get-up licensing
  • protection of image, personality rights and business reputation
  • trade mark infringement and passing-off disputes
  • anti-counterfeiting and customs registration

Patents and technology

  • strategic patent protection and commercialisation advice
  • research and development agreements and technology licensing
  • patent ownership, infringement and validity disputes

Copyright designs and databases

  • computer game protection advice and licensing
  • registered and unregistered designs
  • database rights

Internet and domain names

  • Internet based trade mark and copyright infringement
  • website intellectual property risk management
  • international domain name protection strategies
  • domain name disputes

Professional activities

Lawyers in the Intellectual Property Group take an active role in local and international organisations concerned with the development of intellectual property law. Organisations in which we are involved include:

  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • International Association for Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • MARQUES (The Association of European Trade Mark Owners)
  • Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
  • Domain name dispute resolution services administered by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Centre and by the Czech Arbitration Court
  • Intellectual Property Law Committee of the Law Society of Ireland

Recent experience includes:

  • undertaking strategic IP due diligence investigations and advising on IP issues in the context of mergers, takeovers, new ventures and investments in the insurance and cable / satellite television sectors, manufacturing, retail, biotechnology and Internet based software sectors
  • representing one of the largest international drinks manufacturers in trade mark infringement and passing-off proceedings and in brand protections matters
  • representing Irish fashion retailer in unregistered design litigation brought by a series of high street retailers
  • representing technology and research institutes and government agencies in patent ownership and infringement disputes
  • advising on parallel importation issues and representing parties in patent infringement disputes
  • advising and representing an international pharmaceutical company in a patent infringement dispute
  • representing branded merchandise manufacturers in trade mark and anti-counterfeiting matters
  • advising international paint manufacturer on copyright protection issues
  • advising banks, insurance companies, Ireland's national postal service provider, a international publishing conglomerate, international media company on trade mark and branding strategies and transitional arrangements in the context of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures
  • advising multinational information service provider on copyright and licensing issues
  • advising Irish national sporting body on exploitation of image rights
  • advising private tertiary and governmental institutions on intellectual property policies and the commercialisation of intellectual property rights

IP Expert of the Year
Wealth and Finance International 2016

"The lawyers are well organised, efficient and responsive." 
Chambers Europe 2016

Matheson stands out for its international expertise.
European Legal 500 2016

Matheson is best known for its first-rate contentious practice, and is home to an impressive prosecution and filing unit.
WTR1000 2016

"One of the best law firms to refer work to."
IP Stars Handbook 2015

"Matheson is the most progressive Irish law firm."
IP Stars Handbook 2015

"This team has a good depth of knowledge and a commercial approach."
Chambers Europe 2015

Matheson’s group is "commercial and responsive".
European Legal 500 2015

"The team is exceptional; nothing is too much trouble. You get technical but helpful advice and it really tries to find solutions."
Chambers Europe 2014

Matheson fields a team of "superb lawyers with outstanding commercial acumen".
European Legal 500 2014

"Matheson’s strengths are its commercial approach and understanding of our business."
Chambers Europe 2014

"The team has excellent technical knowledge and great experience of getting a difficult project completed. The lawyers are strong tacticians and stand apart for their commercially focused advice."
Chambers Europe 2013

Impressive full-service firm Matheson is among a small cluster of groups that undertakes the full spectrum of patent mandates, from contentious to transactional assignments. The IP department is "determined and resourceful".
IAM Patent 1000 2013

Matheson is a distinguished one-stop shop for trademark protection.
WTR 1000 2013



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