Niall Tierney is an Intellectual Property lawyer with over 20 years private practice and in-house experience gained in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
Niall was called to the Bar of Ireland in July 1993 and subsequently qualified as an Irish Trade Mark Attorney in 1994. He spent five years at a leading Intellectual Property law practice in Dublin and then moved to London in 1998 where worked in senior roles for leading ‘magic and silver circle’ law firms. During his time in the United Kingdom, Niall qualified as an English Solicitor and subsequently a United Kingdom Registered Trade Mark Attorney. In Switzerland, Niall worked as an in-house Trade Mark advisor to one of the world’s largest broadcasting and media companies.
Niall has extensive multi-jurisdictional legal experience in the clearance, protection, enforcement and exploitation of Soft IP rights, such as brands, trade marks, logos and designs. His other areas of expertise include Domain Name enforcement and ECD Notice and Takedowns; Trade Secrets and Confidential Information; Image Rights and Passing off. Niall also provides advice on the incorporation and management of Intellectual Property Holding companies located within Ireland.
Niall has acted for and advised clients across a spectrum of sectors, including FMCG; fashion; luxury goods; information technology; broadcasting/entertainment and pharmaceuticals.
Niall has written widely and spoken frequently on a variety of Intellectual Property topics. During his time in London, he was a mentor for Syracuse University College of Law and also lectured on a freelance basis for BPP School of Law in Design Law and Practice and Confidential Information & Trade Secrets.
Notably, Niall was ranked by ‘Legal 500’ (2005) as being among “highly rated individuals with a strong reputation”. Niall also received favourable mention in ‘Legal 500’ in 2006 as having “boosted” the Trade Marks department of the magic circle law firm, Clifford Chance.
Niall was also awarded “Best Intellectual Property Law Practitioner” for Ireland in 2016 by ‘Business Worldwide Magazine’.
In ‘WTR 1000’ 2018, Niall was described as being able to “cure any brand headache” and “having complete command of Irish case law”.
Niall has played an active role in the leading Intellectual Property professional associations.
Niall is authorised to act on behalf of clients before the UK Intellectual Property Office, the Irish Patents Office, the European Union Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
You can find additional information about Niall on his LinkedIn® profile.