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.
Gerard is ""very good at analysing the situation and knowing which issues need to be addressed".
Gerard "really knows his stuff and exudes a calm authority".
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 "Uncertain impact on IP rights after Brexit", www.bizplus.ie, 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
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