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.