Our specialist technical knowledge means we are ideally positioned to provide practical and expert legal advice to clients in technology-driven sectors, such as ICT, electronics, software, digital media, e-commerce, medical devices and biotechnology. As well as dealing with all legal aspects of technology and innovation, we advise on creation, licensing, management and enforcement of IP rights, including patents, registered designs and copyright. Our expertise includes: patents and inventions; copyright and design rights; software and database rights; trade secrets and confidential information; digital media; e-commerce; IP transactions; technology transfer; IP commercialisation and licensing; IP audits and due diligence; IP strategy advice; IP enforcement actions.
Effective brand protection and branding strategy are of critical importance to all businesses, small and large. We provide a comprehensive brands service to clients in technology, digital, food, beverage, retail and consumer sectors, with expertise in trade marks, design rights, copyright, domain names and trade secrets. We also provide trade mark attorney services acting directly before the Irish Patents Office, EUIPO and WIPO, with corresponding services in other countries available via a network of foreign associates. Our legal expertise focused on brands also includes advertising and marketing law, consumer law, media law, food labeling, regulatory compliance, licensing, commercial transactions, litigation and dispute resolution
Clear and robust contracts are vital to the success of any business enterprise. Not only do they provide a framework for agreement and operation, they protect your interests, minimise risks, and reduce the prospect of disputes. Backed by our industry knowledge and legal specialisms, we advise on drafting and negotiation of all types of commercial contracts, in both offline and online environments, and at all stages of product or business lifecycle. Our expertise in this area includes business terms and conditions; software and SaaS contracts; IT outsourcing; technology transfer and R&D agreements; IP, media and digital content; confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements; consultancy agreements; distribution, agency and franchising agreements; e-commerce contracts; purchase and supply agreements; joint venture agreements
As technology plays an increasing role in how we live and do business, organisations are collecting and processing ever-more personal data. When the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May 2018 data protection compliance will become increasingly important for businesses, and individuals will have more rights over their personal data. We advise on all aspects of data protection and privacy law. Our expertise in this complex field includes: data protection compliance; dealing with subject access requests; policies and procedures; privacy impact assessment; role of Data Protection Officer; security breaches and notifications to the Data Protection Commissioner; complaints to the Data Protection Commissioner; training on data protection, privacy and information management.
In an ideal world disputes would be avoided, but when they arise we are there to help you defend or enforce your rights, and to resolve disputes. Our approach is always to seek practical and sensible solutions, that minimise costs and ensure the best possible outcome for our clients. Where absolutely necessary we can help you litigate through the courts, or defend legal proceedings in court. While we have expertise in dealing with a broad range of disputes and litigation matters, we have particular experience in disputes concerning technology, privacy, contracts, commercial rights, intellectual property rights and brand names. We also advise on defending enforcement actions by regulators as well as pro-active risk management strategies for clients in regulated business sectors.
The Freedom of Information Act gives individuals a right of access to records held by public bodies, such as government departments, state agencies, local authorities, regulatory bodies, public hospitals and higher education institutions. We advise on all aspects of information law and practice. We have extensive experience in this field and have acted in numerous cases before public authorities, administrative decision makers, the courts and EU institutions. Our expertise includes making FOI requests to public bodies; complaints and appeals to the Office of the Information Commissioner; appeal of decisions to court; guidance and training for public bodies on FOI compliance; requests for access to environmental information from public authorities under the Access to Information on the Environment Regulations; appeals to the Commissioner for Environmental Information including appeal of decisions to court.
Dealing with regulation or regulators is increasingly a fact of life for businesses. Non-compliance can result in reputational damage at the least, if not more serious sanctions and legal liability. Prevention is always better than the cure, and we encourage our clients to take a proactive approach to regulatory risk. We are well positioned to advise on regulatory and compliance issues. No matter how complex the situation, we can help you navigate regulatory and compliance frameworks in a range of industry sectors. In particular, we advise in relation to the following areas: consumer protection; e-commerce; data protection and privacy; freedom of information; EU and competition law; corporate governance; advertising codes; food labelling; food safety; product liability and recalls; charity regulation; defence of enforcement actions.
We understand the challenges involved in a new venture. With scarce time and resources the legals can often get overlooked, leading to problems later as the business develops and grows. We welcome contacts from high-potential startups and entrepreneurs, particularly in sectors involving technology or brands. Our door is always open for a chat over coffee or an informal meeting at our office. We can offer a tailored, fixed price package, with a practical emphasis so you can have the legal basics covered. Our goal is a long-term relationship and to contribute to your future success.
Our services geared for startups include:
- business formation and structure
- shareholder agreements
- standard terms of business
- intellectual property and brand protection
- data protection advice
- employment contracts
- contractor agreements