The Definitive Guide to Understanding and Registering Trademarks in Ireland


You’ve built a business, and you’re proud of what you’ve created. You want to protect it, but you also want to grow your brand and keep it relevant in the marketplace. To do that, you need to register your trademarks in Ireland. This guide will tell you everything about registering a trademark—from whether or not it’s even worth doing, to what the process looks like and how much it costs.

What is a trade mark?

A trade mark is a brand name. Trade marks can be words, phrases, logos and even symbols. The purpose of registering your trade mark with the government is to prevent others from using it in their own business or products.

A registered trademark for example will allow you to stop someone else from using your brand name if they don’t have permission from you – this helps protect your investment in creating a unique product or service that customers associate with only you!

What is the difference between a trade mark and a brand name?

The difference between a trade mark and a brand name is that one is the actual name of your product or service, while the other is used to describe your reputation.

Brand names can be registered as trade marks in Ireland, but they need to be unique and not generic (such as “Water” or “Coffee”).

How do you register a trade mark in Ireland?

To register a trade mark in Ireland, you must file an application with the Irish Patents Office. The process is similar to that of registering a trademark anywhere else–you’ll have to provide information about your business, describe your product or service and explain how it differs from other products or services on the market.

Once you’ve done this and paid all applicable fees (which vary depending on what type of application you’re filing), your registration will go through an examination process before being approved by officials at IP Australia. Once this happens and all necessary documents are provided by both parties involved in registration–the applicant/trademark owner and their representative agent if applicable–they can begin using their newly established mark!

Why register your trademark?

Trademarks are an important part of your business. They help protect your brand name and prevent others from using it, as well as ensure that you have exclusive rights to your brand name. This also means that if someone else is already using a similar trademark, they can’t stop you from doing so as long as there is no confusion between the two brands.

Trademarks can be registered at any time, but it’s best to do so before launching a product or service into the market so that others don’t jump on board and take advantage of their own version first!

How long does it take to register a trademark in Ireland?

  • There are a number of factors that affect the time it takes to register a trademark in Ireland. The complexity of the mark and whether or not there are any objections from other parties can add extra months onto the process.
  • It’s important to note that this isn’t just an Irish issue; it’s also an EU-wide issue. In fact, the European Commission has recently proposed reducing this timeframe by half–from three months down to just one month!

Do I need to have exclusive rights to my trademark before registering it in Ireland?

Trade mark Ireland law is an area of law that protects brands and business names. A trademark can be a word, slogan or logo, which identifies your goods and services to consumers. If you have registered a trademark in Ireland, this means that nobody else can use it without your permission.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule:

  • You do not need exclusive rights over the name you want to register as a trademark – if someone else has already registered it, then you can still apply for registration and get protection for your product under the name (although this may mean additional costs).
  • Your trademark does not need to be unique within Ireland – there are many examples where competing businesses use similar names but where both parties continue trading without any problems arising from their respective trademarks being too similar!

How much does it cost to register a trademark in Ireland?

The cost of registering a trademark in Ireland varies depending on the complexity of your application. The average price is €285 per class, but this will change depending on how many classes you are applying for and their individual registration fees. You can find out more about how much it costs to register a trademark here.

What can I do if someone else has registered my trademark or something similar to it already?

If you find that someone else has registered your trademark or something similar to it already, there are several ways for you to challenge their registration. If the trademark is identical or confusingly similar to your trademark, you can oppose the registration. If the registered mark includes a geographical indication that’s important for your business (for example “Irish whiskey”), then this may also be an area where we would advise challenging the registration.

If none of these options are likely to work in your case and you really want this particular name as part of your brand identity then there are still two other things which could help: filing a cancellation action against the registered mark; or filing a disclaimer against it

With so many things to consider, you want to be sure you’re doing everything possible to protect your company’s intellectual property.

If you’re an entrepreneur or business owner, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of trademark registration. You want to make sure that your company is protected from infringers and potential lawsuits.

The first thing you should know is that registering a trademark in Ireland is possible. In fact, if someone else tries to register a similar mark as yours, they may be prevented from doing so by the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI). The IPOI will then review both applications for similar-sounding trademarks and determine which one should be registered based on their similarity with each other–the closer they sound and look visually, the more likely it is that one will be rejected over another.


I hope this article has given you some insight into the process of registering a trademark in Ireland. It can be daunting and confusing at first glance, but with the right information and guidance from professionals like us here, it can be an easy process that will help protect your brand identity for years to come!