Anne Ryan & Co. prepares, files and prosecutes patent applications and acts before the Irish Patents Office, the European Patent Office (EPO) and under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
Two types of patent protection exist in Ireland, namely short-term and full-term patents. A short-term patent is usually granted more quickly than a full-term patent and provides protection for 10 years from the date of filing. A short-term patent is similar to a utility model in other jurisdictions. A full-term patent generally takes at least 4 years to proceed to grant and provides protection for 20 years from the date of filing.
In order to obtain grant of a patent, an application must first be made to the Irish Patents Office. The application includes specified information in relation to the inventor and the applicant, and in certain cases, to legal contracts between the inventor and applicant (where the inventor does not apply himself/herself), and it also contains a specification and drawings (if required) defining the invention. The specification describes the invention in a particular format which typically and ideally includes a set of "claims", which are used to define, for legal purposes, exactly what is and what is not protected under the patent.
It is necessary to provide an "enabling disclosure" of one's invention, i.e. a description of at least one working example of the invention, which must be sufficiently clear and complete such that a skilled worker in the field in question can repeat the instructions given to carry out the invention, on the basis only of his or her general knowledge and the information given in the specification.
An Authorisation of Patent Agent form signed by or on behalf of the Applicant is also required. General and specific Authorisations are available on this website under "Forms".
Renewal fees are due for both patents and patent applications in respect of the third and subsequent years.
An Authorisation of Patent Agent form signed by or on behalf of the Assignee is required only where there is no address for service currently recorded on the Irish Patents Register. However, the Irish Patents Office reserves the right to call for an Authorisation in certain circumstances.
If the assignment took place prior to April 1, 2004, the issue of stamp duty will arise and you should contact us in this regard.
For recordal of a change of name, we require a copy of an extract from a Commercial Register, Register of Companies or other authority evidencing the change.
For recordal of a licence we require a copy of the Licence Agreement. We can attend to the certification of the document when taking the action to record the licence. No notarization or other legalization is required. As regards an Authorisation, the same conditions apply as for assignments.
No documentation evidencing the change of address is required. However, if a change of address has been recorded on the Register of European Patents and the change of address relates to the Irish part of a European Patent, we routinely file a copy of the EPO Form 2544 evidencing the change if we have it to hand.
For recordal of a change of legal status, we require a copy of an extract from a Commercial Register, Register of Companies or other authority evidencing the change.
Please contact us should you require information in relation to any of the above before the EPO or any country not covered by a European patent application.
It may be possible to apply for a supplementary protection certificate in respect of a product, such as a pharmaceutical product or agrichemical, covered by a patent, and details of this procedure will be supplied on request.
The language used by the Irish Patents Office is English. Please note in the case where a document in a language other than English is to be filed at the Irish Patents Office an English translation is required. The Office retains the right to call for verification of the translation. In such cases, all that is required is a simple translator's certificate, and no notarisation or other legalisation is required.
A European patent application can currently cover 38 Contracting States, and can be extended to Extension States.
We do not require an Authorisation to act before the EPO.
Renewal fees are due for patent applications in respect of the third and subsequent years.
An International application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty covers 151 countries (as of January 2017) and can be filed by us at the Irish Patents Office, the EPO or at the International Bureau of WIPO in Geneva.