Richard Woulfe


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Richard is a partner in our Commercial Litigation Team and head of our dedicated cross-departmental Intellectual Property Team.

Richard’s 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 also 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 (Association of European Trademark Owners). Richard has also presented at the annual Marques Conference. Richard now attends the annual conferences and annual Litigation Forum of the IBA. He regularly presents at in-house seminars at the leading technology companies. Richard is also a member of the Licensing Executive Society.

Richard has also published in the European Intellectual Property Review. 


  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Litigious Online Privacy and Defamation issues
  • Commercial Disputes

Representative Matters

  • Acting for Facebook, Yahoo!, 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.


World IP Review, 2016

Richard is listed in WIPR's 2016 directory of World IP Leaders

World Trademark Review, 2016

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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)