Carson McDowell has unrivalled experience in the technology sector, acting for clients both locally and globally. The Technology Team is an integral part of the firms corporate and commercial practice and has developed close working relationships with tech sector organisations such as NISP and Momentum. The team advises across all aspects of technology related matters from licensing, intellectual property and e-commerce through to the full range of corporate, equity fundraising and M&A transactions. The team's experience in this sector makes us a market leader and our in-depth knowledge of the sector ensures we are familiar with the challenges and dynamic global nature of the fast paced environment in which this sector operates.

Key Contacts

Dawn McKnight, Partner, Head of Technology Team

Neasa Quigley, Partner, Joint Head of Corporate

What We Do

  • Advising on patent and knowhow licences and assignments
  • Advising on Software Development Agreements
  • Advising on the transfer of ownership of intellectual property of all kinds
  • Advice on the non tax aspects of the Patent Box
  • Advice on distance selling, e-money, terms of business and domain name issues
  • Data protection advice
  • Advice on non-disclosure agreements
  • Advice on licence agreements, distributor agreements, reseller agreements and general commercial activities
  • Equity and debt funding
  • Exit transactions
  • Share option schemes and employee incentive and reward schemes
  • Instigating and defending High court proceedings for the protection of intellectual property of all kinds

Tech Sector Tool Kits

We have produced a number of 'Tool Kit' articles to explain some of the important issues for any company operating in the technology sector:

What Others Say About Us

Chambers and Partners UK 2016

Intellectual Property (Band 1)

What the team is known for

Highly esteemed IP practice recommended for contentious and non-contentious matters involving all core IP rights. Known for its exceptional handling of licensing engineering technologies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) "They are highly informative and knowledgeable."

Work highlights

Advised Creative Composites on a framework agreement licensing the client's magnetic resonance tomography to medical technology company, the TRUMPF Group.

Assisted software developer Graphical Data on a supply and service agreement with Arqiva.

Notable practitioners

Declan Magee is well known for his experience in disputes concerning all major IP rights. Recent instructions include a patent litigation claim on behalf of a global electronics company.

Dawn McKnight concentrates on non-contentious matters with a special focus on the technology sector. She has extensive experience in copyright, trade mark and licensing work of all kinds.

Significant clients Schrader Electronics, Fane Valley, CDE Global, Funky Monkey Playcentres, McCloskey International.

The Legal 500 2015

Carson McDowell LLP’s client base includes large operators and start-up businesses. Dawn McKnight advised Graphical Data on a number of matters, including a potential venture capital investment and on standard contractual terms and conditions in the context of supplying software as a service. Neasa Quigley is also recommended.