Trademark Registration Ireland
Registering a trademark in Ireland is a means by which a business identifies and protects its goods or services. Companies and individuals can register an Irish trademark to distinguish goods and services supplied from other businesses.
Registering a trademark, documents the right to particular products or services and makes it easier to prevent others from using it. A company’s goods and services are usually the result of a considerable investment of time and money. They may be amongst its most valuable assets so it is important to register an Irish trademark to protect them.
What items can register an Irish trademark?
Any sign capable of being represented graphically can be registered. Items that can be trademark registered may include a combination of words (such as slogans), letters, and numerals. They may consist of drawings, symbols, three-dimensional signs such as the shape or packaging of goods, audible signs such as music or vocal sounds, fragrances or colours.
The most commonly trademarked items include:
- Company Name
- Company Logo
- Brand Names
- Taglines or Slogans
Intellectual Property Rights
Ignoring the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR’s) can leave your business open to the possibility of competitors taking advantage of your technical innovations, business ideas, goodwill and reputation in the market. Persistence and vigilance in protecting IPR’s will ensure that a competitor, infringer or counterfeiter will decide to look elsewhere. Remedies include Court Orders for a share of the infringer’s profits or destruction of the infringing products.
The Irish Government introduced a tax relief on the costs of acquiring intellectual property by way of an offset/writedown mechanism. This means that clients can now increase their asset base by registering their business name, product or brand as a trademark, or they can purchase marks, domain names, patents, trade secrets and a variety of other IPR’s from third parties, and write off the cost in full as a capital allowance against the taxable income of their business.
Trademark Registration Pricing:
- Irish Trademark Registration – starting at €1,800 + VAT Irish Mark for 1 class for 10 years.
- EU Trademark Registration – starting at €2,750 + VAT EU Mark for 1 class for 10 years.
- Trademark Name Search – €650 + VAT
- Trademark Logo Search – €900 + VAT
Please Note: Under Irish Law, a registered Trade Mark is vulnerable to cancellation on the grounds of non-use, at the request of a third party, if it has not been used for a continuous period of five years following the date of publication of the registration.
As experts on Intellectual Property (IP) and registered trademark attorneys, our trademark registration Ireland partners will be happy to advise generally on brand protection and also the process, costs and benefits of registering your business or product as a mark. For more information and a free consultation on trademark registration, please Contact Us today!Contact us for further details