Europe/Ireland

The challenges of protecting quiet luxury brands

Quiet luxury’s subtle design elements require a specialised IP protection approach, writes Stobbs trademark attorney Gretha Cachia.

Irish government confirms deferral of referendum on Unified Patent Court

Feedback suggests people are “unfamiliar” with the new patents court and that more time was needed for public discourse around benefits of the UPC

  • 2mos

BMW wades into dispute between Irish patent monetiser and its litigation funder

German car maker says it is still owed costs from one of the parties in a series of patent infringement actions

Volkswagen is latest carmaker to join Avanci’s 5G licensing programme

Group that includes Audi and Seat joins more that 25 automotive brands that can now use the standard essential patents of more than 60 patent holders

  • 4mos

Simmons & Simmons expands in Ireland with banking partner hire from DLA Piper

Kate Curneen will join the firm’s financial markets team in Dublin

Mason Hayes & Curran grows revenue 7% to €114m

Strong demand across all core industry sectors sees Dublin stalwart’s turnover top €100m for second consecutive year

ESG in 2024: getting to grips with the new paradigm

Due diligence, stock exchange requirements, carbon markets and nature will be on next year's ESG agenda, write HSF’s Silke Goldberg, Ernst Muller and Tihomir Svilanovic

  • 6mos

Skadden, Linklaters tuck into EG Group’s sale of 218 restaurants to KFC

Deal sees KFC buy all of Skadden-repped EG’s UK and Ireland KFC businesses

  • 6mos
Deals | UK

Pinsent Masons expands Dublin IP practice with new lead

Data specialist Maureen Daly joins from Beauchamps as Pinsents moves to build Europe tech and science sector offering

Raft of top-tier firms advise on Smurfit Kappa’s $11bn acquisition of WestRock

Advisers include Matheson, Freshfields, Wachtell, Clifford Chance, Cravath and Paul Weiss

  • 9mos
Deals | US

US firm Clark Hill combines with Dublin’s HBMO Solicitors to bolster Irish presence

Deal adds 10 lawyers to Clark Hill’s Dublin office, its third local tie-up since 2019

Fieldfisher adds Meta lawyer to lead Dublin data protection team

Ciara Burke has remit to grow data protection and privacy practice amid uptick in regulation

Reed Smith and Arthur Cox called in for Bonnier News’ strategic investment in Ireland’s Business Post Group

Deal sees Europe’s largest business newspaper publisher enter Irish market

  • 11mos

Skadden, Clifford Chance advise on Generali’s €2.3bn acquisition of Liberty Seguros

Cash deal sees Irish heavyweight Matheson and Portugal’s Morais Leitão also called in

  • 1yr

Powell Gilbert opens Dublin office to support UPC work

London IP powerhouse launches first international base to capitalise on EU's new Unified Patent Court

Taylor Wessing raids two international rivals for Dublin partners

Senior lawyers join from Addleshaw Goddard and DWF as post-Brexit Irish legal market activity continues

Mason Hayes & Curran sees turnover pass €100m mark for the first time

Dublin stalwart posts 8% rise in revenue as Irish firms increasingly compete with international heavyweights on their home turf

K&L Gates secures senior funds trio from rival firms for Dublin debut

Partners join from Pinsent Masons, Dillon Eustace and Maples & Calder to launch US firm’s ninth European office

Mason Hayes & Curran elects financial services chief to succeed veteran managing partner

Will Carmody to take over after Declan Black's nine years at the helm that saw Irish firm double revenue and headcount

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