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Intellectual Property Unit

Our Role

The role of the Intellectual Property Unit is outlined in terms of its responsibility for the development of intellectual property policy, the preparation of legislation and the provision of an intellectual property regime which reflects the international law environment and best practice.

IP Granting/Registration

The Patents Office (Address: Government Buildings, Hebron Road, Kilkenny; Telephone: 056 7720111) is responsible for the granting of patents; the registration of industrial designs and trade marks; and has certain limited functions under the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 in relation to Copyright disputes.

Our Work

The work of the Unit covers areas of intellectual property such as:

Copyright and Related Rights


Trade Marks and Industrial Designs

What’s New


The Unit consults with stakeholders from time-to-time.

Copyright Consultations

Copyright Review Committee Consultations

Patents Consultations

Trade Marks and Designs Consultations

Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Consultations

Intellectual Property Legislation

A comprehensive list of Irish and EU intellectual property legislation is available here.

Guidelines and Procedures

Information on the following items, including guidelines and procedures, is available here:

• Authorisation to Register a State Emblem as a Trade Mark or use of a State emblem in connection with any business.

• A list of Classes of Records/Files held by the Unit.

• Freedom of Information Act

Contact Us

A list of contact details for the staff members of the Unit is available here; including telephone, email and postal addresses.

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Contact this Unit

Fax: 01 6312561


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23 Kildare St., Dublin 2.

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Contact the Patents Office

For applications and queries concerning Patents, Trade Marks and Designs

Tel: 353 56 7720111

Fax: 353 56 7720100




Patents Office, Government Buildings, Hebron Road, Kilkenny