Dianne Daley McClure LL.B. (Hons), LL.M.,is one of the founding partners of FOGA DALEY and the head of the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Department. Her practice areas include trademark law, patent law, copyright law, advertising law and media, entertainment and sports law, commercial IP transactions and disputes and IP portfolio management.
She has a Bachelor of Laws Degree with Honors from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Law specializing in IP and International Copyright from McGill University, where she attended as a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) scholar.
Dianne was called to the Jamaican Bar in 1990 and has 27 years’ experience in IP law administration and practice. Her first job in the field was as legal director and head of Jamaica’s Copyright Office in 1995 where she advised the government on IP legislative and policy issues and represented Jamaica as an IP Expert at international forums including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and UNESCO. Dianne was active in the negotiations of the WIPO Internet Treaties. She coordinated the establishment of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) in 2001 and served as its acting chairman for 2 years.
Dianne is the Chairman of the Cayman Islands Appeals [Trademarks] Tribunal, Design Rights Tribunal and the Copyright Tribunal. She is also Chairman of the Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY) and Company Secretary for the Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS), National Copyright Management Organizations.
Dianne has chaired the Jamaican Bar Association’s (JAMBAR) IP Committee for the past 10 years. She is a longstanding member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and an active INTA Volunteer. She is a Vice President of the Association of European Lawyers (AEA). Other professional memberships include:
- The Global Advertising Lawyers’ Alliance (GALA)
- The Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI)
- Justinian Lawyers
- The Intellectual Property Caribbean Association (IPCA)
Dianne has authored several publications on IP including a Monograph on Jamaica: Intellectual Property, International Encyclopaedia of Laws, Kluwer Law International, Intellectual Property – Suppl. 47 (2008) (being updated) and the Jamaica Chapter on Copyright in Copyright throughout the World, West (updated 2020). She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, the University of the West Indies (UWI) where she lectures Entertainment Law. She is also a WIPO Tutor and course director for Patent Law and Copyright Law for the master of laws programme at UWI Cave Hill and has lectured on the master’s programme on IP in the Creative and Cultural Industries, UWI Mona.
Dianne has been a recommended trademark practitioner making the list of recommended Caribbean firms and individual practitioners in World Trademark Review’s (WTR 1000), a definitive guide to the World’s Leading Trademark Professionals for several years. She was one of only 2 women from the Caribbean to make the list of “IP STARS Top 250 Women in IP for 2017” and Foga Daley was one of two recommended firms from the Caribbean for 2022.
Outside of work, Dianne is a singer and songwriter of Christian music and a Praise & Worship leader at church and is passionate about fulfilling God’s call on her life.