Intellectual Property

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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 such as The Legal 500 EMEA, Chambers Europe, IAM Patent 1000 and Managing Intellectual Property.  Whitney Moore 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.” Our Intellectual Property team is ranked as a Tier 1 practice by The Legal 500 EMEA 2018. Independent sources describe the practice as “impressive” and comment that it is “a well-integrated team with particular expertise in the field of pharmaceutical patent litigation.”   Our lawyers are praised for being “very responsive, hard-working and creative”. Aoife Murphy and Robin Hayes lead the IP team.  Aoife is ranked as a “Leading Individual” and described 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 also recommended and wins praise for being “rated very highly in the IP space” and described as “very strong.”  Clients value his “proactive, no-nonsense attitude” and his ability to “provide clear and comprehensive advice.”

Citations taken from Chambers Europe 2019, The Legal 500 EMEA 2018 and IAM Patent 1000 2018.

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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