In the meadow we can build a snowman

Christmas is coming, and there have been hints that snow may appear in certain areas.  That means snowmen!  We thought it would be fun to see what IP may be associated with snowmen to show that Intellectual Property (IP) can be found in every area of life. Patents The snowman has inspired creativity in those [...]

2023-12-21T12:32:01+00:00December 21st, 2023|Uncategorized|

M&D at LES

The Licensing Executives Society (LES) Britain and Ireland conference, held in Dublin, brought together professionals and innovators from various sectors to discuss the importance of embracing emerging technologies. The event featured thought-provoking discussions, informative sessions, and valuable networking opportunities. An important aspect of the conference was the discussions on the complexities surrounding IP protection and [...]

2023-06-09T10:53:04+00:00June 9th, 2023|Uncategorized|

World IP Day 2023 – Celebrating Women in IP

This year, World Intellectual Property Day celebrates talented female inventors, creators, and entrepreneurs, and their contributions to improving our lives. Women in all regions are shaping the world through their imagination, ingenuity and hard work, but often face significant challenges in accessing the knowledge, skills, resources and support they need to thrive. As part of [...]

2023-04-28T17:05:22+00:00April 28th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Spoiled by War – Cherrie Stewart in the CITMA Review

As the Russia-Ukraine War reaches the undesired milestone of one year and with no end in sight, it is timely to look at an article our Belfast-based Trade Mark Attorney Cherrie Stewart wrote, looking at the fate of IP in troubled times. “This article was first published in the November 2022 issue of CITMA Review, [...]

2023-02-24T12:14:51+00:00February 24th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Intellectual Property – The value of an intangible asset

Tesco purchases Paperchase IP The stationery company Paperchase has gone into administration and it has been reported that Tesco, while not interested in buying the bricks-and-mortar business, is purchasing the brand and the Intellectual Property (IP) which is intangible. Intellectual Property can refer to many different things.  Trade marks are those signs which distinguish a [...]

2023-02-01T10:11:25+00:00February 1st, 2023|Uncategorized|

Your IP in 2023

If you are not sure what you need to put in your budgets to make sure that your IP is secure, please contact us on We can consult with you to establish the best strategy for you to secure your IP, whether that be trade marks, designs, patents or a combination of them all. [...]

2023-01-30T11:01:00+00:00January 30th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Ireland to join the patent revolution – but not yet!

As of 28th June 2022, the Irish Government has confirmed that Ireland will join the EU’s Unitary Patent System and Unified Patent Court system which will enforce Unitary Patents. However, Ireland cannot be a full participating member until the Irish electorate approves the necessary amendment to the Constitution by way of a referendum. Unfortunately, the Government does [...]

2022-07-20T11:31:58+00:00July 26th, 2022|Uncategorized|

37 years at M&D for Robert Hayes

Robert Hayes marked 37 years at M&D in August this year. He joined MacLachlan & Donaldson in 1984, having graduated from the University of Limerick with an honours degree in Business Studies (Management Services Specialisation). Robert is responsible for M&D’s IT and telecommunications facilities and records management. Robert also has many years of experience in [...]

2021-09-01T12:54:25+00:00September 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|

World IP Day 2021: IP and SMEs – taking your ideas to market

Every April 26th WIPO hosts a celebration for World IP Day to learn about the role that IP rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity. Every business starts with an idea. In fact, all the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the market today have started from an idea which was expanded upon and taken [...]

2021-04-12T12:58:03+00:00April 7th, 2021|Uncategorized|
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