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There are a lot of ways to protect your invention. One way is to patent Ireland it, but how do you know if your idea is patentable? What should you write in your patent? Here’s what you need to know about patents in Ireland and beyond!

What is a patent?

A patent is a document that gives you the right to prevent others from using or selling your invention. It’s an official government grant of monopoly, giving you rights over innovation and creation.

Patents are granted by the Irish Intellectual Property Office (IIPO) on request, and they last for 20 years after filing has been verified. This means that a patent may expire if no one makes use of it or if someone files another application at any point during its lifespan; however, this can only happen once all other applications have expired first–so even if one person owns multiple patents on related inventions at once, there’s no way he/she could get rid of them all at once!

What should you write in your patent?

The first thing you should write in your patent is the name of the invention. Then, list the names and addresses of all inventors involved in making it.

Next, include information about when it was invented (e.g., year), what kind of invention it was (e.g., medical device), and who invented it (e.g., doctor/patient). You can also describe how much time has passed since its inception so far as well as any other relevant facts that might aid someone reading through your application later on down the line!

Finally: one or more claims! These are statements detailing how exactly what you’ve created works – whether this means there’s only one claim per item under consideration here; multiple claims per item; or even more than two combined together into one big whole thingy-wooty-etcetera…

How long does a patent last?

The duration of a patent depends on its type and purpose.

  • A utility patent lasts 20 years from the date it was filed with the Patent Office, which means that the owner can use it for another 20 years after that.
  • An industrial design patent lasts 10 years from its filing date. If you file an application for an extension of time before expiration, your new term will run until your original term expires or until six months from when you file for renewal (whichever comes first). The maximum time allowed for this extension is five years total—unless certain conditions apply:

Can you get a patent if you’re not an inventor yourself?

You can get a patent if you are an inventor, but there are some rules and exceptions. If you’re not an inventor yourself, it’s important to know who else might be able to apply for patents on inventions related to your idea(s).

An inventor can file for their own patent or assign their rights in a particular invention to another person (other than themselves). The assignee will then file its own application with the Irish Patents Office. If two inventors work together on an invention but don’t want to share ownership of it with each other at all times – perhaps because they want complete control over how much money is made from any profits earned from sales of their product – then both should apply individually instead of jointly filing together as co-applicants.”

What is a patent application?

A patent application is a formal request to patent an invention. It must be filed with the patent office and contains all of the following:

  • A description of the invention, including any drawings showing how it works.
  • An abstract that summarizes what you’re claiming in your patent application.

The most important thing about filing a patent application is having it reviewed by someone who knows what they’re doing—and not just anyone! If you don’t have connections within these circles, then consider hiring someone like myself who does know their stuff (or at least knows where all those circles are).

How does someone else steal your idea?

One of the most common ways to steal someone’s idea is by copying it. This can happen in a variety of ways, but generally involves a third party using your idea without your permission and then selling it for their own benefit. There are some steps you can take to protect yourself from this type of theft:

  • Ensure that any new employees sign contracts agreeing not to use or disclose confidential information (such as trade secrets).
  • Make sure all employees are aware that they must keep any sensitive information confidential at all times, including during off-work hours.

A patent can help you protect your invention, but it isn’t the only way.

A patent is not the only way to protect your invention. You can also use a trade secret, copyright, trade mark Ireland or design patent to protect your invention.

A trade secret is something you know and keep secret from other people who might benefit from it. For example, if you have a new recipe for cookies that are delicious but nobody else knows about it yet (a “good” trade secret), then no one else will be able to make money off of selling those cookies without paying you some sort of royalty fee – even if they find out what goes into them!

Copyright protects works such as books or songs; trademarks protect words that describe certain things like brands or logos; designs patents give owners exclusive rights over certain aspects of their creations such as shapes etc., which prevents others from copying them unless permission has been given first by granting licenses under these laws


This article is meant to be as helpful as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at any time. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

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