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.   

Competent Authority

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. 

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

Trade Mark Agents from other EU States

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.

Trade Mark Agents from other EU States

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.

Trade Mark Agents from other EU States

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:


Contact details

Please find the relevant contact details for the Irish Patents Office in the link below

Contact details