Trade Mark Attorney
LLB Law, Trinity College Dublin
Irish Registered Trade Mark Agent
European Trade Mark Attorney
Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors, Republic of Ireland (non-practising)
Diploma in Data Protection Practice and Procedure, Law Society of Ireland
Certificate in Agribusiness and Food Law, Law Society of Ireland
Brian joined Keltie in 2021 from a top-tier law firm in Dublin to expand our offering and presence in the Irish market and to support our EU IP practice.
Having practiced for years previously as a litigation solicitor in Ireland, Brian specialises in contentious IP disputes. He represented clients at all levels of the Irish courts system and continues to advise clients in relation to adversarial opposition, revocation and invalidation proceedings before the EU Intellectual Property Office and the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland. When he was a practising solicitor, Brian also provided due diligence advice in the context of large corporate transactions and continues to provide such advice to Keltie’s client base in an IP context.
Brian has experience in clearance searching and preparing trade mark filing strategies. He has a particular interest in so-called ‘submarine’ filing strategies adopted by many corporations to maintain a level of secrecy in respect of their filing programmes. Brian also has notable experience protecting brands in the food and drinks industry where he acts for a number of Irish spirits producers.
Brian has featured and been quoted in publications including Bloomberg, CNN and Business Insider in relation to trade mark registrations and his work on uncovering submarine trade mark filings by Apple, Google, Microsoft and more.
After graduating from the University of Dublin, Trinity College in 2003 with an honours degree in Law, Brian trained and qualified as a solicitor with McCann FitzGerald in Dublin where he developed a practice in general commercial litigation. Alongside his legal career, Brian worked in the entertainment industry with Communicorp Group (now owned by Bauer Media) for over fifteen years before returning to full-time practice of law. His stint in media ultimately led to Brian providing brand protection advice to several of Ireland’s highest-profile entertainment and influencer personalities. And he once made Kanye West smile. True story.
12.09.2022The long-term impact of Brexit on trade marks and designs
Six years on from the Brexit referendum, we can happily say that the measures put in place for trade marks and designs have been successful in delivering a smooth transition. But IP owners now need to pay attention to upcoming changes to rights of representation, particularly in light of the huge growth in applications at the UK IPO.
10.08.2022Protecting NFTs and cryptofinance services as trade marks
The EUIPO recently published new guidance on the classification of trade mark applications for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). This guidance is helpful as we are seeing many filings in this area; however, further clarification may be needed.
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