Matheson’s technology and IP law blog

Welcome to Crossfire

This blog is dedicated to technology and IP law. As on-line commerce and activity comes to dominate our daily lives, the conflict between new technologies and the law, national law and the global internet and privacy and the public domain become more and more acute. Whilst the technology is fast moving, the law struggles to keep up and courts end up trying to fit square pegs into round holes in an attempt to fill in the gaps. This blog is our attempt to help to keep you aware of the many new developments in this area as they arise and to encourage a two way dialogue.  We value your comments and interaction and look forward to an insightful and lively debate.

Matheson’s primary focus is on serving the Irish legal needs of international companies and financial institutions doing business in and through Ireland. Our clients include over half of the Fortune 100 companies. We also advise 7 of the top 10 global technology brands and over half of the world’s 50 largest banks.  We are headquartered in Dublin and also have offices in London, New York and Palo Alto.  More than 600 people work across our four offices, including 75 partners and tax principals and over 350 legal and tax professionals.

Matheson hosts cloud computing breakfast seminar

May, 2013


On Wednesday, 1 May 2013 Matheson hosted a Society for Computers and Law (SCL) breakfast seminar entitled “Law and regulation as we move to the Cloud.” John O’Connor, head of the Technology and Commercial Contracts Group, chaired the event which focused on legal and regulatory issues surrounding adoption of cloud computing at enterprise level. Among the issues he discussed were intellectual property rights, changes to terms and conditions, data protection concerns, limitations and exclusions of liability and transparency requirements. Guest… Read more…

Irish Data Protection Commissioner to audit major social media companies

February, 2013


The Irish Data Protection Commissioner (the “DPC”) has stated his intention to carry out scheduled audits of major social media companies that have operations in Ireland. Commissioner Billy Hawkes said that many such companies had their European headquarters in Ireland and therefore they fell under his jurisdiction as Irish Data Protection Commissioner. He added that Ireland had a significant responsibility to the rest of Europe in this regard. Under the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2003, the DPC has powers… Read more…