Richard Woulfe



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Richard is a Partner in our Commercial Litigation Group and conducts a wide range of commercial litigation.

Since 2005 Richard has headed our dedicated, cross-departmental Intellectual Property Unit. This development has allowed us to provide seamless IP advice across contentious and non-contentious matters and to harness the experience of the firm in this practice area. 

As a litigator Richard personally carries out an extensive practice encompassing many 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, LinkedIn and Yelp.


  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

Representative Matters

  • Acting for Facebook and Twitter 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 High Court proceedings on behalf of large Irish food manufacturer, Kerry Foods plc, for trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Litigating alleged breaches of software licensing agreements and infringements of copyright in software. 


World Trademark Review, 2013

Richard is recommended in his field of Intellectual Property.  An experienced commercial litigator, group head Richard Woulfe is an "intelligent and likeable IP lawyer with a dynamic and responsive practice”.

World Trademark Review, 2012

Richard is recommended in his field of Intellectual Property - Enforcement and Litigation.  Heading the group is Richard Woulfe, a commercial litigator who is “highly respected for his outstanding courtroom performances”.

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Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property Dispute Resolution Commercial Disputes Insurance & Professional Risks

Professional Memberships

International Trademark Association

The Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation

Licensing Executives Society International

International Bar Association



University of Limerick (European Studies/Law)