Our founder and resident 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 qualified as an Irish Barrister-at-Law in July 1993 and subsequently as a Irish Registered Trade Mark Attorney in 1994. He spent five years as an Associate at a leading Intellectual Property law practice in Dublin.
In 1998, Níall moved to London where worked in senior private practice roles for leading ‘magic and silver circle’ law firms. During his time in the United Kingdom, Níall qualified as an English solicitor (no longer practising) and subsequently a United Kingdom Registered Trade Mark Attorney.
In Switzerland, Níall worked in-house as a trademark advisor for one of the world’s largest broadcasting and media companies.
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 and common law through the doctrine of legal professional privilege, which means they are confidential and cannot be disclosed without his client’s permission.