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How to Register a Patent in Ireland

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If you have an idea, you can protect it by registering a patent in Ireland. This way, nobody else can use your invention without your consent. In this article, we’ll show you how to register a patent and what information you need to gather before doing so.

Check if the idea is patentable.

To get started, you need to check if your idea is patentable. There are four main categories of patentability: Novelty, Inventiveness, Non-Obviousness and Utility.

  • Novelty means that your idea must not have been made public anywhere else before you applied for a patent. This can include presenting it at conferences or publishing papers on it in journals or magazines. If this has happened, then it’s possible that someone else will already have a similar patent in place for something similar – which would mean yours wouldn’t be accepted by Ireland’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
  • Inventiveness refers to whether or not your invention solves an existing problem in an original way that others haven’t thought about before – so if someone else has already come up with something similar but doesn’t go into as much detail about how exactly it works or why theirs is better than yours then this may indicate lack of inventiveness within their application process itself rather than being able to prove when exactly they came up with their idea first!
  • Non-Obviousness means proving beyond reasonable doubt through extensive research into existing patents held within various fields related closely enough so as not appear totally unrelated but still applicable enough so as not seem like pure coincidence either way…

Write a formal document.

The next step is to write a formal document. This is the part where you describe your invention in detail, including how it works and what it does. A good way to do this is by creating an illustrations or diagrams of your invention with accompanying text explaining how each component works individually and together as part of the whole system. You’ll also need to include some information about yourself, such as:

  • Your name and contact details (address and phone number)
  • An explanation of why this new product will have commercial value (is it better than existing ones?)

Create a list of possible inventors.

  • Create a list of possible inventors. This can be as simple as creating a list of people who have contributed to your invention, or it can be more complex if you have multiple contributors and need to decide who has contributed what. If you are an employee, list your employer. If you are a student, list your university (and even course). If you are a contractor who works for clients in Ireland, make sure that they’re on board with filing for patents on their behalf too!
  • Make sure everyone agrees with being included on the patent application documents before sending them off to be filed!

Decide who will be the applicant and the assignee.

The applicant and assignee are the two parties that make up a patent application. The applicant is the person or company who files the patent application, and they’re responsible for paying all associated fees. The assignee is the person or company who owns the patent; they may be different than your original applicant but will likely be an employee of yours (or someone else).

Search for prior patents and other forms of protection.

You can search for prior patents and other forms of protection in the following places:

  • The European Patent Office (EPO)
  • Patents Office for Ireland (POI)
  • Patent Offices in other countries, such as the United Kingdom or Germany.

File an application with the Irish Patents Office (IPO) or Patent Office of Ireland (PTOI).

File an application with the Irish Patents Office (IPO) or Patent Office of Ireland (PTOI).

The IPO/PTOI will process your application and send it to an examiner for examination. If your application is accepted, you will be notified by letter of grant that includes all details about your patent. Once this has been issued, you can use it as evidence in court if necessary.

Registering a patent in Ireland can be done in several ways depending on your situation and needs

The process of patent registration in Ireland is not difficult. It’s different for individuals, companies and European patents, but once you understand what’s required and how long it will take, it’s easy to get started.

The first step is choosing which type of patent application you want to file: national or European? National applications are made directly through the Irish Patent Office (IPO), while European ones are made via the European Patent Office (EPO). Once this decision has been made, there are two main routes available: individual inventors can apply directly through IPO; otherwise they’ll need an attorney who can represent them on behalf of their company or institution/university etc..


If you’re planning on registering a patent in Ireland, it’s important to do your research and understand what type of protection is available. You can also contact us if you have any questions about how our services can help with this process.

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