Everything you need to know about paying your patent renewal fees in Ireland

How to Renew a Patent in Ireland?

Renew a Irish patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO):

If your patent is a European patent, which was granted by the European Patent Office and then validated in Ireland, you can maintain the patent by paying an annual maintenance fee to the EPO. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the second anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. Once a patent is granted by the EPO and validated in Ireland, the renewal fee is paid to the Irish Patent and Registration Office (IPOI). The rules which apply to a national Irish patent, will also apply to an EP patent in Ireland. For more information on renewal fees related to the EPO, please visit another one of our articles on this link; here.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15 and grant date is 2023-04-25, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the EPO starting from 2019-06-30 onwards until 2022-06-30. From 2023 onwards, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the Irish Patent Office

Renew a national patent with the Irish Patent Office:

In order to maintain a patent application in Ireland, a renewal fee must be paid to the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI) on an annual basis. The renewal fee of a patent application for the first time is due at the beginning of the third payment year from the filing date. The renewal fees in Ireland are always due on the last day of the month, in which the original filing date of the application falls.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, you will only have to settle the renewal fee on the last day of June starting from 2019-06-30 onwards. 

Renewal Fees by Intellectual Property Type

In Ireland, there are other types of intellectual property. At PatentRenewal.com, we have all the necessary tools and procedures to ensure that both types can be renewed through us. 

Intellectual Property type #1 - Short-term Patents

An Irish short-term patent is valid for 10 years, from the filing date of the application. In order to maintain the protection, you need to pay renewal fees annually. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the third anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. The renewal fees are due on the last day of the month, which is when the term of protection ends.

Intellectual Property type #1 - Designs

An Irish design right is valid for 25 years, from the filing date. Initially, an Irish design is protected for 5 years after which it can be renewed every five years up to a maximum of four renewals. In order to maintain the protection beyond the initial 5 year period, one will have to pay renewal fees in order to extend the protection term of a further 5 years. Renewal fees are required with each registered design, even if these are designs of multiple applications. If the renewal fee is not paid by the due date, You can make a ‘late renewal’ up to 6 months after the renewal date by paying a higher fee.

Written and Edited by Kumari Rupali Bansal & Christina Botes

Patent Renewal Fee Intervals in Ireland

The patent renewal fees of a patent application is due at the beginning of the third payment year from the filing date. For further clarification, please refer to the breakdown below;

Patent Year Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
1
2
3 60
4 90
5 114
6 134
7 150
8 176
9 194
10 220
11 242
12 265
13 285
14 311
15 335
16 356
17 382
18 408
19 438
20 468
Patent Year
Official renewal fee for patent (EUR)
3
490
4
610
5
1090
6
1210
7
1330
8
1450
9
1640
10
1640
11
1640
12
1640
13
1640
14
1640
15
1640
16
1640
17
1640
18
1640
19
1640
20
1640

Ireland Patent Renewal Fees FAQ

When is the first patent renewal fee due in Ireland?‍

National patent: The first renewal fee of a patent application is due at the beginning of the third payment year from the filing date.

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15, you will only have to settle the renewal fee on the last day of June starting from 2019-06-30 onwards.

Irish patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the second anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. Once a patent is granted by the EPO and validated in Ireland, the renewal fee is paid to the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI).

For example, if the filing date of a patent is 2017-06-15 and grant date is 2023-04-25, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the EPO starting from 2019-06-30 onwards until 2022-06-30. From 2023 onwards, you will have to settle the renewal fee with the Irish Patent Office.

What happens to an Irish patent before it has been granted?‍

National patent: Prior to grant, an Irish patent application is in it’s filing stage. You will have to pay the renewal fee to the Irish patent office irrespective of whether the patent has been granted or not. The first renewal fee of a patent application is due on the third anniversary of the filing date. 

Irish patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO): Prior to grant, the patent application is in its filing stage with the EPO. You can only begin paying the renewal fees to the EPO from the second anniversary of the patent's filing date and thereafter, renewal fees are due on an annual basis. However, once the patent has been granted and validated in Ireland, the renewal fee is thereafter paid to the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI).

What are the due dates and payment windows?‍

National patent: The payment window in Ireland opens four months before the renewal fees are due. It is important to note that the renewal fees cannot be settled prior to this window opening. This rule is applicable to both national patents as well as to an EP patent in Ireland. 

For example, if the renewal due date of a patent is 2017-06-30, you will only have to settle the renewal fee starting from 2019-02-30 onwards

Can I renew a patent after I miss a renewal deadline?‍

Yes, it is possible to renew an Irish patent after its deadline.If you fail to pay the renewal fee in due time, a 6 month grace period is given whereby the renewal fees can still be settled. However, when entering the grace period you will incur an increase of 11 EUR in addition to the original renewal fees for the first three months and an increase of 19 EUR in addition to the original renewal fees for the next three months. If you wish to maintain the patent, the (new) total renewal fee will have to be settled. 

Irish patent validated through the European Patent Office (EPO):The patent for missing a renewal deadline follows the same rules as for national patents.

Do I need assistance from the local council?‍

It is not mandatory to make use of a local agent or representative when renewing a patent in Ireland. If you choose not to, you can simply pay the fees to the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI), online by telephone or through an Electronic Funds Transfer.

How long do patents last in Ireland?‍

In order to maintain an Irish patent, renewal fees need to be settled annually with the Irish Patent Office. By settling the renewal fees, the patent is guaranteed to last for a maximum of 20 years from the filing date. This rule is applicable to both national  patents as well as to an EP patent in Ireland.

How can I contact the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland?‍

You can get in touch with the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI) via email or phone;

Email: ipinfo@ipoi.gov.ie

Phone: +353 56 7720111

For more information on the renewal process in Ireland, visit the link to their official website. You can search for Irish patents here.

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