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Irish Patents Office“I worked most of my career in Dublin and my commute from the suburbs into the city centre ran for somewhere between an hour and an hour and 45 minutes each way. In Kilkenny, my commute is 5 minutes – a huge advantage to me. It’s two and a half hours extra every day for me and my family”. Eamonn Laird, former Controller of Patents, Irish Patents Office


The role of the IPO is the protection of industrial property rights in the fields of patents, trademarks and designs, and the dissemination of relevant information in conjunction with each of these activities. Through the provision and administration of the patents, trademarks and design registration systems, the Office assists Irish business, industry and individual entrepreneurs to optimise the economic potential of their intellectual property.


The Irish Patents Office services Ireland’s commitments to the European Patents Office (EPO), the European Trademark Office (OHIM) and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) from its headquarters in Kilkenny. Based in the city since decentralisation from Dublin in 1998, the IPO employs 44 people.The office also has a role as a receiving office for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The current Controller of patents is Anne Coleman Dunne. 


Additionally, the Office is active with outreach programmes to increase awareness of intellectual property amongst the general public and particularly, the small business startup sector and students. Altogether, the Office participated in some 28 events speaking on IP at “Start Your Own Business “courses run by County Enterprise Boards in 2012 and at business advice and enterprise exhibitions and shows throughout the country. Among the events attended were the “Kilkenny Start Up Boot Camp”.


CONTACT THE PATENTS OFFICE: Contact the team at the Patents Office on +353 (0) 56 7720111