Providing cross border services as a Trade Mark Agent
The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authority listed below.
This information may be of assistance to Trade Mark Agents established in another EU country, who wish to provide services as a Trade Mark Agent In Ireland.
The Controller of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks is the Competent Authority for the following :
- Trade Mark Agents based in Ireland, and also for
- The receipt of Notifications by Trade Mark agents established in another EU member State who wish to provide services in Ireland.
Please see link below to the Irish Patents Office.
Information on the notification procedure required
Section 85(4A) of the Trade Marks Act, 1996 provides that a person established in a Member State of the European Community and entitled under the law of that state to act as a trade mark agent, may carry on the business of acting as a trade mark agent for others in connection with the registration of a trade mark , or any procedure relating to a registered trade mark.
For further information on the procedure please see the link below
Information on fees, and documents to be submitted
On or before the first occasion on which a person acts on behalf of another before the Controller in connection with the registration of a trade mark or any procedure relating to a registered trade mark, the person must notify the Controller and provide to the Controller the relevant evidence. There is no fee required.
Information on the evidence required can be found in the link below.
Completing notification procedures online
The Patents Office will accept notifications and accompanying evidentiary documents which are sent by means of post, e-mail or fax. Communication by email is preferred and will allow quicker completion of all formalities.
Notifications and attachments in pdf format should be sent to the following Email address:
Response time frame taken by Irish Patents Office
The Irish Patents Office undertakes to acknowledge enquiries from EC based agents within 2 working days
of receipt and the acknowledgement will include information on the procedures to be followed and the documentation to be submitted.
Further information on the application procedure is available in the link below.
Relevant legislation applicable
The notification requirements for EU established Trade Mark Agents intending on providing services in Ireland, are set out in the following Irish legislation:
- Trade Mark (Amendments) Rules 2007 ( S.I. No. 621 OF 2007)
- European Communities (Provision of Services concerning Trade Marks and Industrial Designs) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No 622 of 2007)
Please find the relevant contact details for the Irish Patents Office in the link below