Niamh Hall.


Niamh’s Story:

Niamh is a European Trade Mark Attorney and Partner in FRKelly with almost 20 years’ experience in Trade Mark and Copyright Law. Niamh’s background as a solicitor assists her in providing rounded advice on trade mark and copyright issues, incorporating risk assessment, infringement analysis, advice on licensing strategies and due diligence in the sales of IP assets.

Niamh lectures in the Law Society of Ireland to other solicitors on all areas of intellectual property, and on courses specifically directed to in-house IP managers. She uses these presentation skills to deliver tailored and business-specific seminars on IP capture and exploitation to R&D and marketing departments of large organisations and to industry-specific audiences.

Niamh is also a member of the International Trademark Association (for whom she serves on the legal updates Bulletins Committee) and MARQUES (for whom she serves on the Class 46 legal updates committee).

Niamh is a past president of the Irish trade mark attorney association APTMA, the first woman president and sits on the Executive Council. She was appointed to represent the industry on the official Trade Marks Examination Board since 2017.

Niamh is recognised by independent publications an ‘International IP Star’, a ‘World IP Leader’, one of the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists, and one of the ‘Top 250 Women in IP Worldwide’ in 2018.

She is the co-author of the leading Irish and European texts on trade marks and copyright “Intellectual Property Law in Ireland” (Clark, Smyth & Hall), “Technology and Intellectual Property Law” by the Law Society of Ireland and “Concise European Trade Mark and Design Law” (Kluwer Law International). Her ongoing involvement in these publications ensures that Niamh’s knowledge of trade mark and copyright law is always up-to-date and wide-ranging.

Outside of work, she refers to herself as a true blue Leinster Rugby supporter, attending as many games as she can find the time to.

Career and qualifications

  • European Trade Mark and Design Attorney
  • Solicitor (admitted in Ireland, England and Wales)
  • Diploma in Commercial Litigation from the Law Society of Ireland
  • LL.B Trinity College Dublin
  • Notary Public

Awards and citations

  • Trade mark star 2022 - IP Stars
  • World Trademark Review – WTR1000 – listed as one of the world’s leading Trade Mark professionals for 2019 (top tier).
  • World IP Review – WIPR Leaders – listed as a leader in Trade Marks for 2019

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