Providing cross border services as a Patent Agent

This information may be of assistance to Patent Agents established in another EU country, who wish to provide services as a Patent Agent in Ireland.

Competent Authority

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

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

Information on the notification procedure required including fees & documents

Section 106(3A) Patents Act 1992 provides that a person established in a Member State of the European Community and entitled under the law of that state to act as a patent agent, may carry on the business of acting as a Patent Agent for others in connection with the registration of patents or any procedure relating to patents before the Controller of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks.

On or before the first occasion on which a person acts on behalf of another before the Controller in connection with a patent, or any procedure relating to a patent or the obtaining thereof, the person must notify the Controller and provide to the Controller with the relevant evidence. There is no fee required.

The Irish Patents Office provides a comprehensive and up to date list of procedures and requirements. Such information can be found here.

Completing the notification procedure online

The Irish Patents Office will accept notifications and accompanying evidentiary documents by post and email. Communication by email will allow quicker completion of all formalities. 

Notifications and attachments in pdf format should be sent to

Response time frame by the Irish Patents Office

The Irish Patents  Office undertakes to acknowledge enquiries from EC based agents within 2 working days
of receipt. This acknowledgement will include information on the procedures to be followed and the documentation to be submitted.

Relevant legislation applicable

The notification requirements for EU established Patent Agents intending on providing services in Ireland,  are set out in the following Irish legislation.

European Communities (Patent Agents) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No 141 of 2006)

Patents (Amendment) Rules 2006 (S.I. No 142 of 2006)

Contact details

Please find the relevant contact details for the Irish Patents Office here.


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