Our resident legal consultant is Níall Tierney. Níall is an Intellectual Property attorney with over 25 years private practice and in-house experience gained in Ireland, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.
Níall was called to the Bar of Ireland in July 1993 and subsequently qualified as an Irish Registered Trade Mark Attorney in 1994. He was registered as a Professional Representative of the European Union Intellectual Property Office on 2nd February 1996.
Níall spent five years as an associate at a leading Intellectual Property law practice in Dublin, Ireland. He then moved to London in 1998, where worked in senior private practice roles for leading ‘magic’ and ‘silver circle’ full service law firms for 15 years. During his time in the United Kingdom, Níall qualified as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (no longer practising). He also became a United Kingdom Registered Trade Mark Attorney.
In 2013, Níall moved to Switzerland, where worked in-house as a trademark advisor for one of the world’s largest broadcasting and media companies.
Níall returned to Ireland in late 2014, when he founded, and now manages, his own Intellectual Property law practice, TIERNEY IP.
Níall 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. Níall also provides advice on the incorporation and management of Intellectual Property Holding companies located within Ireland.
Níall has acted for and advised clients across a spectrum of sectors, including FMCG; fashion; luxury goods; information technology; broadcasting/entertainment and pharmaceuticals.
Níall has written widely and spoken frequently on a variety of Intellectual Property topics. During his time in London, he was an external IP mentor for Syracuse University College of Law students. He also lectured on a freelance basis for BPP School of Law in Design Law and Practice and Confidential Information & Trade Secrets.
Níall is authorised to act on behalf of clients before the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland; the European Union Intellectual Property Office; the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
All communications with Níall are protected under statute through the doctrine of legal professional privilege, which means they are confidential and cannot be disclosed without his client’s permission.