Brian McElligott


Brian is a Partner in our Intellectual Property Law team. 

He resolves complex IP and technology issues for clients from a range of sectors including food, beverage, energy, agriculture, pharma, med-tech and eHealth. He works closely with clients on the formulation and implementation of effective IP development and protection strategies. Brian guides international brand owners through complex IP protection and commercialisation issues and advises major technology companies on IP licensing and due diligence surrounding mergers, acquisitions, IPOs and inward investments.

Brian is a registered Irish and European Union trade mark and design agent and has a wealth of experience of managing significant trade mark portfolios of major international clients.

He is a former Chair of the Licensing Executives Society of Ireland and the Irish branch of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group.


  • Intellectual Property and Technology Law

  • Trade Mark and Design filing and prosecution

  • AI and Life Sciences

Representative Matters

  • Guiding San Francisco based multinational Blackhawk Network through all IP aspects of its €100M acquisition of Ireland’s best known gift cards business One4all.

  • Advising a world leading multinational on complex copyright issues associated with the expansion of the capacity and reach of its home assistant service.

  • Counselling the Dublin Institute of Technology on transitioning the ownership of its IP portfolio in the context of the creation of Ireland’s newest and largest University, Technology University Dublin, including filing and prosecuting the portfolio of marks for Technology University Dublin.


Chambers & Partners

Brian is "extremely knowledgeable and lays things out very clearly".

Legal 500, 2020

Brian is "passionate yet practical and he has no problem picking the phone up for a quick, pragmatic chat". 

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

Brian is a lecturer and tutor on the Law Society of Ireland’s professional training and diploma courses in the areas of copyright, designs and patents.

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Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property Law Technology Law

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ireland

Irish trade mark and design agent

EU trade mark and design agent

International Trademark Association (INTA)

Member and former Chairman of the Licensing Executives Society of Ireland

Member and former Chairman of the Irish branch of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group



Trinity College Dublin, BA (Mod) Theoretical Physics