Deirdre Kilroy is a partner in the Technology and Innovation team and is Head of Intellectual Property. Deirdre specialises in intellectual property, technology and data privacy law. She has over 20 years' experience in these areas.
Deirdre has a broad commercial practice, focused on IP-rich sectors including IT, media, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and ecommerce. She specialises in non-contentious intellectual property and information technology law. She brings strategic and commercial IP and IT advice to transactions including advising on joint ventures, long-term collaboration and licensing agreements. She also has experience advising on other arrangements for the exploitation of technology, including on related privacy, advertising, consumer protection and IP matters.
Deirdre is proactive in helping clients model their agreements relating to technology and strategic positions. She has extensive experience with large outsourcing projects and technology supply agreements. Much of her work involves technology contracts, including online/ecommerce terms, white label, distribution, supply, services and sales agency arrangements. She works closely with our taxation department on international projects involving significant IP and technology assets. She advises clients on all aspects of privacy and data protection law focusing in particular on data protection issues that arise in transactions.
Deirdre regularly lectures in Ireland and internationally, including at the Law Society of Ireland, and contributes to industry publications. She is a member of the Intellectual Property & Data Privacy Committee of the Law Society of Ireland, and sits on Technology Ireland's Data Working Group. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce and also of INTA, IAPPI and SCL.
Besides being 'pragmatic and constructive when dealing with opposing counsel', 'terrific' practice head Deirdre Kilroy not only 'knows a lot about local trade mark law and practice', but is also 'extremely knowledgeable about GDPR'. Information Technology & Intellectual Property, Legal 500 2019
"She has substantial and substantive IP expertise, as well as tactical skill in handling difficult negotiations. She is also a great communicator and can convey complex ideas simply to non-experts". Information Technology & Intellectual Property, Legal 500 2019
"She is very business-minded, and at the same time attentive to the detail and nuances that really make the difference". Intellectual Property Chambers 2019
"Its IP offering is fronted by the fabulous Deidre Kilroy, a transactional ace who has handled scores of licensing, franchising, collaboration and disposal deals in her time". World Trade Mark Review, 2019
"Deirdre Kilroy is a top deal broker for clients in the high-tech and life sciences domains. She is considered a bona fide thought leader on trade secrets legislation and SPC regimes". IAM Patent 1000, 2019
IP Star in the 2019/20 edition of IPSTARS, Managing Intellectual Property