More in step with Europe
Dublin – The Republic of Ireland has amended its patent law to bring it into line with the rest of Europe and make its domestic patenting system more straightforward. The government said increased levels of research in Ireland in recent years had created a corresponding need to protect the resulting intellectual property. The new patent rules will make it easier for individuals to use Patents Office services. Applications to the European Patents Office from Irish applicants have increased by 279% since 2002, and grants of European patents to Ireland increased by 32% over the same period.