Shane Smyth, B Sc (Comp Sc), Solicitor BCL, European Patent Attorney, Community Trade Mark Attorney, is Managing Partner at FRKelly. He is a regular guest lecturer on computer law and intellectual property for both universities and is frequently invited to speak at international conferences, business seminars and workshops. He most recently co-authored the third edition of the leading Irish legal textbook on intellectual property, "Intellectual Property Law in Ireland" (Clark, Smyth & Hall, 3rd edition, Bloomsbury Professional, 2010). He is the current Chairman of the Designs Committee with The Irish Association of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and was Chairman of the Trade Marks Committee during the passage of the Trade Marks Act, 1996. Shane was also a member of The Scientific Committee advising the EU Commission regarding the registration of geographical indications of origin. He is the President of AIPPI (Irish Group), a Council Member of MARQUES (The Association of European Trade Mark Owners) and a Committee Member of ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association). Shane has a specialist interest in licensing and assignment of intellectual property and is a leading authority on design and copyright matters. While his client base has a local and international reach, he is closely involved in international intellectual property protection for indigenous Irish companies.