Utility Models: Ireland

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention; European Patent Convention; Patent
Co-operation Treaty; World Trade Organisation;

Novelty Requirement : Absolute Novelty.

Claiming Priority : Paris Convention – 12 Months

Examination : Formalities Examination only.

Protection Period :10 years from date of filing

Publication :18 months from the filing or priority date, unless granted earlier, in which case the application is published at grant.

Annuities : Yearly for the 3rd and subsequent years

Compulsory Licensing : Available at any time after 3 years from the date of the publication of notice of grant, depending on certain conditions, for example where the invention is not being commercially worked in Ireland.

Working or Nominal Working : Not essential but necessary to avoid the possibility of
compulsory licenses


Filing Requirements

Utility Models Filing Requirements

  1. A specification containing a description, one or more claims, but not exceeding 5 claims, and any drawings referred to in the description or claims, to be accompanied by the prescribed filing fee which at present must be paid on the date of filing the application.


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