Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH
Éamon is a solicitor who advises on the protection, management, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property, including copyright, designs, trademarks and patents. He advises a broad spectrum of clients including technology start-ups, clothing and footwear designers, furniture designers, greeting card designers, other product designers, authors, literary agents, publishers, film production companies, graphic designers, consultants and others.
In addition to contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, Éamon also advises on technology, data protection and general commercial matters.
Before joining Briffa, Éamon gained experience in financial and commercial law with a US law firm. He trained with a commercial law firm in Dublin. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Éamon worked as a programmes coordinator with an educational charity based in London where he ran debating and public speaking competitions and workshops for students.
Éamon qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in June 2015 and in the Republic of Ireland in April 2015. He has an undergraduate degree in law and the Irish language (BCL) and a postgraduate degree in law (LLB) from University College Cork. Éamon also has a postgraduate diploma in intellectual property law and practice (PGDip) from the University of Oxford.
Law Society of England and Wales, Law Society of Ireland, IPSOC
Briffa is a highly regarded practice, specialising in intellectual property, information technology, media, data protection and commercial law. Margaret Briffa is assisted by a highly experienced team of specialist lawyers.
The firm focuses in particular on intellectual property protection and enforcement and has an excellent track record of providing clients with clear advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Briffa acts for a wide range of clients across all industries, from start-ups to household names. The firm has a loyal following of clients who benefit from the firm’s pragmatic approach and winning solutions. The firm has a particularly strong reputation for assisting start-ups and SMEs to protect all aspects of their business, giving clear advice on intellectual property matters and commercial/contractual arrangements.
Briffa is a member of the Knowledge Quarter, which is a focal point for one of the greatest knowledge clusters anywhere in the world (partners include Google and the Guardian), and regularly presents on intellectual property and information technology law issues of interest and relevance to its clients. Most recently, the firm presented at Google Campus on the significance of the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation for businesses, and hosted a panel discussion with EVCOM on the protection and enforcement of copyright and other intellectual property rights in the film and music industries.
The firm also regularly presents to start-ups at the monthly Digital Business Drop-In hosted at the Digital Catapult Centre in London by Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network.
Briffa has recently been invited to sit on the editorial board of The Copyright Lawyer Magazine, the sister publication to The Patent Lawyer Magazine and The Trade Mark Lawyer Magazine, and the firm also frequently writes articles for the ITMA Review and a range of other specialist trade publications.
NOTABLE CASES AND CLIENTS
In the field of copyright, leading cases in which the firm has acted include Norowzian v Arks Limited & Guinness Brewing Worldwide Limited (1999, Court of Appeal) and Maltez v Lewis (1999, High Court).
In the field of designs, notable cases in which the firm has acted include Parker v Tidball (1997, High Court), Green Lane Products Limited v PMS International Group plc & Others (2008, Court of Appeal), PMS International Group plc v Magmatic Limited (2016, Supreme Court).
Briffa also acted in Future New Development Limited v BNS Patente und Marken GMBH (2014), a leading case in relation to jurisdiction.
Notable clients include Anorak, Chartered Society of Designers, Farfetch UK, Heathcote & Ivory, Touchtunes, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Spectrum Brands.
“Briffa have been great support getting our business sorted out on the legal side giving us a firm foundation on which to build.”
Jonathan Matthew, Sollilas
Éamon did a great job with our trademark - good clear communication, and generally speaking I felt I knew what was going on in the process most of the time, although I did once have to chase for some info which was quickly provided.
Very practical, proactive and effective. Plus a thoroughly decent person.