Gerard Kelly


Gerard is Head of our Intellectual Property Law team.

He advises clients on IP matters and disputes, including substantial patent, passing off, trade mark, copyright and design litigation. He has been involved in many of the most high profile IP cases in recent years in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, including the most recent preliminary injunction applications.

Gerard is a registered Irish and European trade mark agent. He also has particular experience in non-contentious IP matters such as advising on protection and licensing strategies for IP rights. 


Representative Matters


  • Acting for a multinational biosimilar company in infringement and invalidity proceedings concerning a number of patents related to a treatment for arthritis.
  • Acting for a multinational pharmaceutical company in the successful defence of a preliminary injunction application related to a combination treatment for HIV.
  • Acting for a multinational pharmaceutical company in patent revocation/ infringement proceedings before the Commercial Court regarding the asthma treatment combination Budesonide/ Formoterol.


Legal 500, 2021

‘Leading Individual’ Gerard Kelly “has a wealth of knowledge on contentious IP matters and is very client focused”.

Chambers & Partners, 2021

Gerard "has a personal approach, coming across as humble and listening to his clients."

Speaking Engagements & Teaching

Gerard is a lecturer, tutor and examiner on the Law Society of Ireland’s professional training courses for solicitors in the areas of copyright, designs and patents.


Author of "Primary injunctions in Ireland" in Intellectual Property Magazine, September 2018

Author of "Uncertain impact on IP rights after Brexit",, June 2018

Author of "Dunnes Bag a Win" in Intellectual Property Magazine, June 2017

Co-author of “McDonald's Mc'opoly” in Intellectual Property Magazine, March 2016

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Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property Law Technology Law Commercial Disputes Media & Telecoms Life Sciences Brexit

Professional Memberships

Law Society of Ireland

Law Society of England and Wales

Law Society of Northern Ireland

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Irish Taxation Institute

European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW)

Association for the Protection on Industrial Property (AIPPI)

International Trademark Association (INTA)

European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)


University of Limerick, BA Law and Accounting

University College Dublin, Diploma, Arbitration

University College Dublin, LLM, Commercial Law

Law Society of Ireland, Diploma, E-Commerce

Irish Taxation Institute, AITI

King’s College London, University of London, Postgraduate Diploma, UK, European and US Law of Copyright and Related Rights,

Law Society of Ireland, Diploma, Commercial Litigation

University of London, LLM, International Intellectual Property Law