Intellectual Property Disputes

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Whitney Moore is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading IP practices and we provide clients with the full range of advisory and litigation expertise across all aspects of intellectual property including patents, trade marks, copyright, design and trade secrets. Our IP team works with a wide variety of industry sectors such as pharma, life sciences, retail, entertainment & media and biotechnology.

We have significant experience advising multinationals on patent disputes in the pharma, biotechnology and medical devices sectors. This includes trials in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation.

We have acted in the two most recent preliminary injunction decisions concerning pharmaceutical products made by the Commercial Court.

Our Intellectual Property team is  consistently recommended by international legal directories and was named ‘Patent Contentious Firm of the year 2019 – Ireland’ by the leading international publication Managing Intellectual Property and was shortlisted for the ‘Trademark Contentious firm of the year 2019 – Ireland’.  Aoife Murphy and Robin Hayes lead the IP team which is ranked in Tier 1 by The Legal 500 EMEA 2019.  Aoife is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ by The Legal500 EMEA 2019, named as a WIPR Leader 2019,  recommended as an expert by Who’s Who Legal 2019 and IAM Patent 1000 2019 and has been shortlisted in the ‘Best in Patent’ category by Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2019. Independent sources describe her as “an extremely solid professional who definitely knows her stuff. You see her on the other side in litigation all the time”.  Clients also praise her for being a “superb communicator” and “top-tier”.  Robin is ranked as a ‘Next Generation Lawyer’ by The Legal500 EMEA 2019 and recommended as an Expert by Who’s Who Legal 2019. He also wins praise for being “rated very highly in the IP space” and“very strong.”  The team is described as well-integrated … with particular expertise in the field of pharmaceutical patent litigation” and our lawyers are praised for being very responsive, hard-working and creative”.  Citations taken from Chambers Europe 2019, The Legal 500 EMEA 2019 and IAM Patent 1000 2019.

The team at Whitney Moore has written the Irish chapter of International Comparative Legal Guides (ICLG) to: Patents 2018. Click here to view the chapter on the ICLG website. Please contact us directly if you would like to receive a PDF version or if you would like to discuss any of the issues raised.

Some of our recent Intellectual Property transactions include:

  • Acting for Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. in SPC infringement proceedings before the Commercial Court and Supreme Court
  • Acting for Eisai R&D Management Co. Ltd in patent revocation proceedings before the Commercial Court
  • Acting for Mylan in defence of patent infringement proceedings and preliminary injunction proceedings concerning generic copazone
  • Acted for F. Hoffmann La-Roche in patent infringement proceedings before the Commercial Court concerning a biosimilar product
  • Acted for Edwards Lifesciences in patent infringement proceedings before the Commercial Court relating to its medical device patents
  • Acted for Shamrock Gift Company in trademark infringement and passing off proceedings before the Commercial Court
  • Acted for Teva Pharma B.V. v Amgen Inc. & Others in High Court patent proceedings concerning revocation and entitlement
  • Acted for Garmin (Europe) Ltd in proceedings alleging breach of database rights, copyright infringement and trade mark infringement before the High Court
  • Acted for TracknStop Ltd in breach of confidence proceedings before the Commercial Court against former employees regarding anti-theft GPS technology
  • Acting for Tribune Content Agency, a leading provider of syndicated news content, in defence of multiple claims for copyright infringement alleged to have occurred online
  • Acted for OrbusNeich Medical Inc. against Boston Scientific Corporation in Commercial Court patent infringement proceedings regarding coronary stents
  • Acted for McCambridge Ltd against Joseph Brennan Bakeries in Commercial Court and Supreme Court proceedings in the leading Irish passing off case
  • Acted for Novartis against Actavis, in relation to a High Court injunction in respect of infringement of a patent for a drug used in the treatment of blood pressure
  • Acting for Tribune Content Agency, a leading provider of syndicated news content, in defence of multiple claims for copyright infringement alleged to have occurred online
  • Acted for OrbusNeich Medical Inc. against Boston Scientific Corporation in Commercial Court patent infringement proceedings regarding coronary stents
  • Acted for McCambridge Ltd against Joseph Brennan Bakeries in Commercial Court and Supreme Court proceedings in the leading Irish passing off case
  • Acted for Novartis against Actavis, in relation to a High Court injunction in respect of infringement of a patent for a drug used in the treatment of blood pressure
  • Acted for Medinol Ltd against Abbott Ireland in Commercial Court patent infringement proceedings
  • Acted for Medtronic Inc. against Guidant Corporation, Abbott Vascular Devices Holland B.V. in Commercial Court proceedings regarding alleged infringement of Medtronic’s coronary stent patents
  • Adidas v Charles O’Neill & Co. in a leading Supreme Court authority on passing off involving the three-stripe design on sportswear
  • Acted for the plaintiff in House of Spring Gardens Ltd v Point Blank Ltd & others in a leading Supreme Court authority on breach of confidence, infringement of copyright and breach of contract, involving the design of bullet-proof vests

Our Intellectual Property clients include:

  • Merck Sharpe & Dohme Corp.
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Novartis AG
  • Eisai R&D Managment Co. Ltd
  • OrbusNeich Medical Inc.
  • Amgen Inc.
  • Medinol Ltd
  • F. Hoffman-la Roche
  • McCambridge Ltd
  • Shamrock Gift Company
  • Tribune Content Agency

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