Gerard is a partner in our Commercial Litigation team, practising mainly in the area of Intellectual Property Law.
He advises clients on intellectual property disputes, including substantial passing off, trade mark, copyright, design right and patent litigation. He has been involved in many of the most high profile IP litigation cases in recent years in the Irish Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, including the most recent preliminary injunction applications.
Gerard is a registered trade mark agent in Ireland and a European Trade Mark and Design Attorney. He also has particular experience in non-contentious IP matters such as advising on protection and licensing strategies for intellectual property rights.
Gerard previously practised in another leading Irish law firm with their intellectual property group.
Gerard’s representative matters for patents, copyright, trade marks and designs are set out below:
"extremely dedicated and smart"
Gerard is listed in the area of Life Sciences (Patent Litigation), Patents and Trade Marks.
"He is enormously knowledgeable and is therefore able to give very credible, strategic advice. He is very client-focused and exceptional in the work he does,"
Gerard is listed in the Patent 1000, The World's Leading Patent Practicioners.
Gerard is regarded by clients as “practical and knowledgeable. He is commercial and makes IP very straightforward.” He has notable experience in contentious matters.
Gerard is regarded by peers as a “good, solid guy” in the field of intellectual property litigation.
Co-author of “McDonald's Mc'opoly” in Intellectual Property Magazine, March 2016
Author of "A court-ordered graduated response system in Ireland: the beginning of the end?" in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 2016 11 (3), Feb 2016
Author of “Candy Crushed” in Intellectual Property Magazine, December 2015
Author of "Irish ISPs faced with piracy problem" in Intellectual Property Magazine, May 2015
Author of "Don’t judge a pack by its cover - Focus on plain packaging" in Intellectual Property Magazine, April 2015
Author of "Proposals to extend R&D protection against patent infringement for companies in the pharmaceutical sector" in Research & Innovation, Vol. 1, Issue 2, September 2014
Author of "Interim Injunctions and the Pharmaceutical Industry in Ireland" published in Intellectual Property Magazine, Feb 2011
Author of "Disclosure in Irish Patent Proceedings" published in Intellectual Property Magazine, May 2011
Author of "Three Strikes is Ruled: The Decision in EMI Records (Ireland) Ltd and others v UPC Communications" published in Irish Intellectual Property Law Quarterly, March 2011
Author of "Protecting the goods: dealing with the lookalike phenomenon through the enforcement of IP rights in the United Kingdom and Ireland" published in the European Intellectual Property Review, July 2011
Author of "Supplementary Protection Certificates for combination medicinal products: Patent disclosure, not infringement, is the key" published in Irish Intellectual Property Law Quarterly, July 2011
Author of "High Court rejects Data Protection Commissioner's objection to copyright infringement graduated response system" published in the World Data Protection Report, August 2011
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