Trade Mark Agent

Competent Authority

The control of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks is based with the Irish Patents Office.

Registration procedures for Trade Mark Agents setting up in business in Ireland

1. Eligibility

A person who resides in the EEA and has a place of business in the EEA; possesses the prescribed educational and professional qualifications; and complies with the prescribed conditions is eligible for registration in the register.

An application for registration must be made to the Controller, Patents Office, Government Buildings, Hebron Road, Kilkenny, accompanied by the prescribed application fee - currently €50. Rule 51 of the Trade Marks Rules, 1996 as amended by the Trade Marks (Amendment) Rules 2016, specifies the particulars which an application for registration must give. These are summarised in the Form of Application for Registration.

2. Educational/Professional Qualifications

Applications for registration in the register are considered by a Board appointed by the Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation.

The Trade Marks Rules, 1996 do not prescribe any specific educational/professional qualifications, but Rule 51(4) states that a person shall possess such educational and professional qualifications, and be of such personal character, as to satisfy the Board, after such enquiries including such oral or written examination in the Law and Practice of Trade Marks, as the Board deems necessary, that such a person is fit to practice as a registered trade mark agent. It is a normal requirement of the Board that applicants must sit, and pass, a written examination in the Law and Practice of Trade Marks. The frequency of such written examinations is determined largely by the number of applicants seeking registration at any particular time. There is usually one examination per year. The date on which it is held is announced in advance in the Patents Office Journal.

Information on the Trade Mark Agent exam and related fees

Completing registration procedures online

The Irish Patents Office will accept completed registration forms and accompanying evidentiary documents by means of post or email. Communication by email is preferred and will allow quicker completion of all formalities. 

Completed registration forms and attachments in pdf format should be sent to patlib@patentsoffice.ie.

Providing cross border services as a Trade Mark Agent in Ireland

For Trade Mark Agents established in another EU country and intending to provide services in Ireland please see the link below.

Providing cross border services as a Trade Mark Agent in Ireland 

Response time frame by the Irish Patents Office

The Patents Office aims to acknowledge enquiries within 2 working days of receipt and provided all appropriate documentation is submitted a decision will be issued in a further 3 working days.

Relevant legislation applicable

Trade Mark Rules, 1996

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)

Contact details

Please find the relevant contact details for the Irish Patents Office here.

Email: regadmin@patentsoffice.ie

The above is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the Patents Office