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Intellectual property in Ireland

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI)
Regional Organisations
For the protection of patents: the European Patent Office (EPO). To control trademarks, designs and models: the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
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)
Trade Mark Act
renewable every 10 years Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Design Patent
5 years, renewable for additional periods of 5 years  
Copyright & Related Rights Act, 2000
In most cases, copyright protection expires 70 years after the death of the author/creator Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
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 additional periods of 5 years, for a maximum of 15 years.  

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