Patent Agent

This information may be of assistance to Irish/EU Patent Agents based in Ireland, who are seeking information on the administrative procedures involved in registration.

Competent Authority

The Controller of Patents, Designs and Trademarks within the Irish Patents Office is the competent authority in Ireland for:

  • Patent Agents providing services based in Ireland
  • Notifications by Patent Agents established in another EU Member State who wish to provide services in Ireland.


Registration procedures for Patent Agents in Ireland

If you are an Irish/EU Patent Agent, who wishes to register as a Patent Agent in Ireland, comprehensive information is provided on the following in the links below:


Completing registration procedures online

The Irish Patents Office will accept completed registration forms  and accompanying evidentiary documents which are sent by means of post or email. Communication by email will allow quicker completion of
all formalities. 

Completed registration forms and attachments in pdf format should be sent to

Providing cross border services as a Patent Agent in Ireland

If you are a Patent Agent established in another EU country and intending to provide services in Ireland, general information on requirements can be found on the Irish Point of Single Contact page, Providing cross border services as a Patent Agent.

Response time frame by the Irish Patents Office

Further information on the response time frame by the Irish Patents Office regarding the registration procedure, is available in the link below. 

Patent Agents registration guidelines

Relevant legislation applicable

The requirement for Irish/ EU  Patent Agents to register with the relevant competent authority (The Controller of Patents, Designs and Trademarks), when providing services based in Ireland,  are set out in the following Irish legislation.

Patents Act, 1992  ( Section 105-109)

Patents Rules, 1992 (S.I. No 179 of 1992) ( Section 79-81)

Contact details

Contact details for the Irish Patents Office can be found here.


The above is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authority listed.