Gerard Kelly


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.


  • Intellectual Property Law and Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Technology Law

Representative Matters

Gerard’s representative matters for patents, copyright, trade marks and designs are set out below:


  • Acting for a multinational pharmaceutical company in patent revocation/ infringement proceedings before the Commercial Court regarding the asthma treatment combination Budesonide/ Formoterol.
  • Acting for a multinational pharmaceutical company in separate SPC and patent revocation proceedings before the Commercial Court regarding the product Tiotropium Bromide Monohydrate.
  • Acting for a leading Turkish tissue paper provider in a Commercial Court patent infringement dispute.


Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers, Chambers and Partners, 2017

“Incredibly hard-working and always available. He is a hands-on operator with a huge amount of energy"

The Legal 500, 2017

Gerry is listed as a 'leading individual' in the area of Intellectual Property.

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

Author of "Irish Court Upholds Graduated Response System for ISPs" in Intellectual Property Magazine, September 2016

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

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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