Intellectual Property

A&L Goodbody is consistently ranked as the leading Intellectual Property (IP) law firm in Ireland, having been recognised as "Ireland's Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 2016, 2014 and 2013" by the leading international IP publication Managing Intellectual Property. We advise on all aspects of creating, exploiting, protecting and enforcing IP. Our areas of expertise include trade marks, copyright, patents, designs, passing off, confidentiality, trade secrets, database rights and contractual rights.

Our clients are some of the world's leading technology companies, financial institutions, government agencies, telecoms operators, and high-growth start-ups.  Our team has broad experience in corporate and commercial transactions, focusing on IP acquisitions, re-organisations, disposals, joint ventures and sponsorship. We also advise on contentious IP matters and our team regularly litigates IP matters before the Irish and European courts.

Our strategic and pragmatic advice is aimed at helping clients maximise and protect their brands, ideas and technologies. Our team is made up of lawyers who have international IP experience, allowing us to advise on complex IP strategy and litigation including:

  • Patents
  • IP Litigation
  • Commercial IP
  • Direct Marketing


  • Digital Europe

    in its application and ongoing role as an "amicus curiae" in the recent Commercial Court proceedings issued by the Data Protection Commissioner against Facebook Ireland Limited and Maximilian Schrems.

  • One of the largest multinational technology companies

    with respect to the defence of an injunction application brought in the context of alleged trade mark infringement on a pan-European basis.

  • Boston Scientific

    on the Irish defence of patent proceedings brought by Edwards Lifesciences PVT in the Commercial Court relating to the infringement of a patent concerning transcatherter heart valves.

  • Heineken

    on a range of high value brand licensing deals.

  • Diesel SpA

    in relation to complex litigation concerning a trade mark dispute against an Irish company, Montex, which has been ongoing for a number of years.

  • Lifestyle Sports

    in relation to its brand and trade mark strategy.