Intellectual Property in Ireland

Overview by
National Organizations
Copyright Association of Ireland
Irish Patents Office
Regional Organizations
Copyright Office, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Industrial Property Office, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Patent Office
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent Act
Long term patent: 20 years
Short term patent: 10 years
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Strasbourg agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Trade Mark Act
renewable every 10 years Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Design Patent
5 years, renewable for further periods of 5 years  
Copyright & Related Rights Act, 2000
In most cases, copyright lasts for the creator's lifetime plus 70 years Berne convention
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
Industrial Designs Bill, 2000
5 years, renewable for further periods of 5 years, subject to a maximum of 15 years.  

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