A partner in our Commercial Litigation Team, Richard conducts a wide range of commercial litigation. He heads our dedicated, cross-departmental Intellectual Property Unit, allowing us to provide seamless IP advice across contentious and non-contentious issues and to harness the all the experience of the Firm in this practice area.
Richard’s extensive practice encompasses most aspects of contentious intellectual property law, including brand and trademark protection, copyright issues, patent infringement and revocation, software, media and entertainment issues. Richard has an extensive practice in the area of social media, advising Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! and Yelp.
For many years Richard represented the firm at the annual conferences of INTA and Marques, as well as being a current member of the Licensing Executive Society. Richard has published an article in the EIPR (European Intellectual Property Review) and presented at the annual Marques (Association of European Trademark Owners) Conference.
Intellectual Property Litigation
Litigious Online Privacy and Defamation issues
Acting for Facebook, Twitter and Yelp in defending High Court proceedings and High Court injunction applications relating to issues such as defamation, privacy and data protection and advising on take down requests and Norwich Pharmacal applications.
Issuing several High Court/Commercial Court proceedings on behalf of large Irish food manufacturer, Kerry Foods plc, for trade mark infringements and passing off.
Defending the European Computer Driving Licence Foundation against a multi-million dollar claim in the Commercial Court arising from the termination of a licencing agreement in respect of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Litigating alleged breaches of software licensing agreements and infringements of copyright in software.
Defending and prosecuting claims for patent infringement and prosecuting patent revocation proceedings.
Prosecuting proceedings to amend the Irish Trademark Register.
Advising large European manufacturers regarding their registered and unregistered design rights and the enforceability of same in the Republic of Ireland.
Acting for multinational corporations including Cable & Wireless, Brightpoint, Quest Software, Bertelsman, Cheapflights (cheapflights.com) or their Irish subsidiaries in interlocutory injunction applications and other disputes concerning alleged breach of copyright.
Advising Ryder Cup Limited in protecting and enforcing its intellectual property rights in Ireland and prosecuting infringement proceedings when required.
Advised LIDL on all aspects of intellectual property to include acting on their behalf in injunctive proceedings brought in relation to an alleged trademark infringement.
Acting for Pfizer in obtaining a Search and Seizure order from an Irish court in support of proceedings before the (UK) Royal Courts of Justice, a first in this jurisdiction;
Acting for Boost Energy Drinks, an English company, in defense of community trade mark infringement proceedings taken by Red Bull;
Acting for XS Direct, an Irish insurer, in Commercial Court proceedings arising from alleged breach of its software copyright;
Conducting Commercial Court proceedings on behalf of an institutional investor seeking recovery of seven figure sum invested in complex derivative financial products;
Defending insurer’s decisions to decline cover in a number of unrelated cases, both at arbitration and before the Commercial Court;
Defending a range of Irish law firms in a number of cases of alleged professional negligence arising out of complex corporate, financial and banking transactions, usually before the Commercial Court;
Prosecuting Irish and Community Trade Mark infringement proceedings, for example successfully restraining the introduction of infringing own brand products, preventing unapproved licensing activities centered on a major sporting event and preventing former Agent from continuing to use former Principal’s marks.
Advising a global sportswear company on termination of a significant multi-year sponsorship agreement.
Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Business Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2014
"He is terrific, he's comprehensive, thoughtful and a seasoned litigator. He shows a tremendous amount of equanimity in stressful situations. His advice is always balanced and he definitely does internalise clients' key points and concerns,"
World Trademark Review, 2015
Richard Woulfe has captained the group since the firm’s inception; the seasoned litigator has notched up more than 25 years of experience in dispute resolution.
World Trademark Review, 2014
Richard is recommended in his field of Intellectual Property. "Group head Richard Woulfe brings some 25 years of experience in commercial disputes on his trademark litigation practice."
Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Business Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2013
Richard is recommended as a Leader in his field of 'Intellectual Property' category. Department head Richard Woulfe is praised for his “practical approach. He goes beyond pure legal advice and offers great business advice.” An experienced litigator, he is recommended for his work on IP disputes.
Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Business Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2012
Richard is recommended as a Leader in his Field of ‘Intellectual Property’ category. 'Litigator Richard Woulfe heads the IP team. He advises on trade mark, copyright and patent protection, and enforcement. As one source declares, “he explains complex issues very simply and has a good commercial eye for litigation. He really understands what the client is trying to achieve”.
Legal 500, 2011
Richard is recommended in the area of ‘Intellectual Property’. ‘Under Richard Woulfe, Mason Hayes & Curran’s practice has grown significantly in recent years.’ He is also recommended in the area of ‘Employment’.
Which Lawyer? Practical Law Company, 2010
Richard is recommended as a lawyer in the area of ‘Intellectual property’.