Diploma in Technology and IP Law

Start Date 23 February 2018 at 9:30 am
Assessment Three hour closed booked written exam, Saturday 7 July 2018
Delivery Method Blended learning: block placement, five weekends onsite Friday and Saturdays, One weekend online release
CPD Hours

The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to this course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions.  For further information and the booklet, see CPD scheme.

Course Leader Claire O'Mahony, Solicitor, Course Leader: C.OMahony@LawSociety.ie



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Application information

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Programme objectives
On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • An understanding of the legal issues pertaining to intellectual property and how to protect those rights, including how to deal with cases of infringement;
  • An ability to apply for registration of trademarks, patents, and designs, and how to protect one’s copyright;
  • An insight into the main legal issues relating to the latest trends in technology, such as augmented reality, driverless cars, and the Internet of Things;
  • A knowledge of the data protection issues arising in the area of technology law, particularly relating to breaches, the new GDPR, and cybersecurity;
  • The ability to review and recognise the important clauses in software licensing agreements, website terms and conditions, outsourcing, cloud computing, and apps;
  • A detailed understanding of the laws relating to social media – defamation, hosting, caching, and internet usage.

Programme structure and approach to learning
Ireland has a booming tech market and has become the digital hub for Europe. It is of vital importance that all organisations and their people understand the law relating to technology and intellectual property and that all legal advisers have the requisite knowledge to advise on these matters. This diploma programme is designed to give comprehensive coverage to the broad range of legal issues arising from technology and intellectual property in this digital age.

In this extended diploma, we will chart latest trends in technology and will provide a wide-ranging analysis of issues relating to intellectual property rights, advising on data protection strategies, and managing transactional issues. Leading experts will consider the myriad of potential liabilities including IP-infringements and defences, domain disputes, e-commerce and consumer regulations, software licencing. A module is dedicated to important area of data protection and the new General Data Protection Regulation. We will offer an insight into the world of cyber-crime and suggest possible corporate risk management strategies that companies can implement. Separately we will analyse applicable torts such as defamation and the rights and duties attaching to social media, blogging and internet usage. Finally, we will examine the law relating to key technology such as the Cloud, biometrics, wearable technology, driverless vehicles, Fintech and Blockchain.

The Diploma in Technology Law and IP Law programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Intellectual Property

  • Trademarks –registration, infringement, non-conventional marks
  • Patents – registration, priority, patent dealings, patentability of software
  • Copyright –digital recordings, databases, software
  • Design law –registered and unregistered designs
  • Trade secrets –confidential information
  • Intellectual property rights management
  • Domain name disputes

Module 2: Data Protection (delivery online)

  • Legislation and the new Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR)
  • Data processing, sharing and access requests
  • International data transfers –Privacy Shield
  • Data protection and new technologies –drones, biometrics
  • Data security and technology
  • Data breaches

Module 3: Technology Contracts

  • Software licencing agreements
  • E-commerce, online contracts, consumer protection
  • Website terms and conditions
  • Outsourcing & Cloud computing
  • Gaming law & online betting
  • Practical & legal issues for tech companies

Module 4: Social Media

  • Managing legal risks
  • Defamation & blogging
  • Hosting, caching, conduits
  • Advertising standards online
  • Criminal & civil liability for online content
  • Social media and employment relationship

Module 5: The Law and Technology

  • Bio-law –medical & legal considerations
  • Nanotechnology, biometrics, drones, wearables
  • Cybersecurity and cybercrime
  • Video gaming, augmented reality, driver-less vehicles
  • Cookies, Apps, the Cloud
  • Fintech and block chain

Who should attend?
This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees who currently work in the area of technology/IP law or aspire to do so
  • IT professionals/ IP professionals with an interest in technology/IP law and data protection
  • Professionals with an interest in technology transfer and innovation
  • Professionals seeking training on the law relating software licensing agreements, e-commerce and cybercrime
  • Professionals requiring up to date training on new technologies, fintech and the liability for online/social media offences

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee, which amounts to €200 in respect of a diploma


  • Workshop 1: Saturday 24 March 2018
  • Workshop 2: Saturday 14 April 2018 (full day)
  • Workshop 3: Saturday 19 May 2018
  • Workshop 4: Saturday 9 June 2018

Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to revise all modules covered to date and to consolidate the participant’s knowledge. There is a key emphasis on a practical approach to the case studies. The final workshop will focus on exam preparation.

The teaching faculty for this diploma comprises a fantastic array of experts who specialise in intellectual property, technology law and data protection law and practice.

Previous lecturers have included:

  • Mark Adair, Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Chris Bollard, Partner, Matheson
  • Colette Brady, Associate, William Fry
  • Dr. Mark Carmody, PurdyLucey
  • Simon Cocking, Senior Editor, Irish Tech Law News
  • Jonny Cosgrove, CEO, Meeting Room
  • Fergal Crehan BL, Privacy Consultant
  • Maureen Daly, Partner, Beauchamps
  • Emerald de Leeuw, CEO, Eurocomply
  • Niamh Hall, Partner, FR Kelly
  • Dr. Mike Harris, Partner, Grant Thornton
  • Sam Holman, Irish Copyright Licensing Agency
  • Dr. Sally-Anne Hinfey, SurveyMonkey
  • Dr. Denis Kelleher, BL
  • Gerard Kelly, Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Jeanne Kelly, Partner, LK Shields
  • Andrea Martin, MediaLawyer Solicitors
  • Patricia McGovern, Chairman, DFMG Solicitors
  • Dr. TJ McIntyre, Lecturer UCD, Chairperson Digital Rights Ireland
  • Barry Moore, Hanna Moore Curley
  • Anna Morgan, Head of Legal (Deputy Commissioner), Office of the Data Protection Commissioner
  • Gemma Neylon, General Counsel, Openjaw Technologies
  • Daragh O'Brien, CEO, Castlebridge
  • John O'Keeffe, John O’Keeffe & Co. Solicitors
  • Gary O'Mahony, Tax Partner, O’Hara Dolan
  • Peter O'Neill, Legal, Facebook
  • Ruth O'Toole, Senior Legal Counsel, Daon
  • Carol Plunkett, Partner, William Fry
  • Emma Redmond, Senior Director of Privacy, Ancestry.com
  • Linda Scales, Linda Scales & Co.
  • Aoife Sexton, Tech Law Services
  • Helen Sheehy, Helen Sheehy & Co.
  • Asim Sheikh BL
  • Shane Smyth, Partner, FR Kelly
  • Oisin Tobin, Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Pauline Walley, SC
  • Adrian Weckler, The Sunday Business Post

*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.



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