About Us

TIERNEY IP is a legal consultancy practice based in the European Union which specialises in Intellectual Property law.  The practice was founded and is managed by Níall Tierney, an Intellectual Property attorney with over 25 years of experience gained while working for top law firms and industry in Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

TIERNEY IP helps businesses  and individuals to clear, protect, maintain, monetise  and enforce brands; trademarks; designs; image/personality rights; literary, music and artistic works within the European Union.

​TIERNEY IP is commercially focused, responsive, streamlined and efficient. Its services are delivered with extensive multi-jurisdictional and cross-industry expertise.

What we do

  • We clear corporate and business names for use and provide ‘Freedom to Operate’ advice in your chosen fields and territorial markets.
  • ​We advise and assist clients in clearing brands and designs prior to market launch.
  • ​We provide advice on the suitability of brands, logos, slogans, advertising jingles and other signs for registration as trade marks.
  • We provide advice on suitability of designs for registration.
  • ​We file and prosecute trade mark and design applications before relevant Intellectual Property offices.
  • We provide advice and assistance on the exploitation of trade marks and designs through licensing and franchising to other parties.
  • We provide advice and assistance on the transfer of trade marks and designs to other parties.
  • We provide advice on the use of trade marks and designs as security for investment and/or loan capital for your business.
  • We help protect and enforce your trade marks and designs from third party infringement.
  • We manage and audit trade mark and design portfolios.
  • We provide Due Diligence in transactions involving trade marks and designs.
  • We draft and prosecute Domain name disputes before the World Intellectual Property Organization.
  • We advise and assist personalities in protecting their image and other characteristics of their identity.
  • We advise on the protection, monetisation, and protection of literary, musical and artistic works under Copyright law.

While TIERNEY IP does not provide Patent filing and renewal services, we have a collaborative working relationship with an established firm of Chartered and European Patent Attorneys in Ireland. We would be happy to refer on your behalf.

Why choose TIERNEY IP?

Complimentary Consultation

TIERNEY IP’s mission is not simply to just deliver legal services, but also to acquire and maintain a full understanding and appreciation of what a client’s business is about.

All new clients are provided with an initial complimentary consultation so that we have a full understanding of what brand protection objectives you have and how we may help you to achieve and maintain them.

Recognised Expertise

Our founder, Níall Tierney, has over 25 years experience as a leading Intellectual Property lawyer. His expertise has been recognised in top independent legal directories such as “The Legal 500” and “WTR 1000”.  Having worked both in private practice and in-house in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Switzerland,  Níall is one of the most highly rated Intellectual Property lawyers in Ireland.

Níall is qualified to practice as a Trade Mark & Design representative before the European Union Intellectual Property Office; the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland; the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

How we charge

TIERNEY IP is an efficiently run Intellectual Property law practice which deliberately keeps its operating costs and overheads low.

Our fees and the way we charge clients are highly competitive. We always endeavour to make clients aware of the cost of a matter before we undertake work.

For most matters, we charge on the basis of fixed fees. For those matters which are not charged on a fixed fee basis, TIERNEY IP actively encourages clients to work with us on the basis of our ‘Alternative Fee’ (non ‘hourly rate’) arrangements.

We are more than prepared to tailor our fee arrangements to specific client needs.

If you would like more information about our fixed fees and/or ‘Alternative Fee’ arrangements, please email us at office@tierneyip.com


We are based in the European Union Member State of IRELAND

Correspondence Address

Galway Technology Centre
Mervue Business Park
Galway City
County Galway
H91 D932

Phone: +353 1 2544116 or

Email Us

Registered Office

 Vicar Street
County Galway
H54 EK73

Galway, Ireland is based within the Western European time zone.

The above addresses are not authorised to accept service on behalf of TIERNEY IP.  TIERNEY IP will also not accept service by email of any kind without prior specific written approval.