Office Closure Extended to 2nd June 2020

Patents Rules 1992 - Rule 77 and Rule 78 

In accordance with Rules 77 and 78 of the Patents Rules 1992 and having regard to the continuation of the Government’s COVID 19 restrictions in the interest of public health, the Controller hereby gives notice that the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland will remain closed for the transaction business with the public until 2 June 2020.  Consequently, the days between 18 May and 2 June are deemed to be "excluded days" for all purposes under the Acts and Rules. 

Rule 78 provides that whenever the last day fixed by the Act, or by these Rules, for doing any act or thing at the Office falls on any of the days on which the Office is not open to the public (which days shall be excluded days for the purposes of the Act and these Rules), it shall be lawful to do any such act or thing on the first day which is not an excluded day next following such excluded day.  

Subject to the Government’s further easing of restrictions and barring unforeseen circumstance, it is intended that this will be the last extension of the “excluded days” provision.  All users, rights holders, businesses and IP professionals are strongly encouraged to meet original deadlines and payment due dates where possible and not to wait for the end of the “excluded days” period to avoid congestion of the Office’s online systems. 

The Office premises will continue to remain closed to the public and to personal callers until further notice.  IPOI staff working remotely will continue to maintain all of its online and e-services, including e-filing of applications, electronic fee payments and email enquiries during normal working hours.  Customers are asked to use our online services and communicate with us by email whenever possible and to note that there may be delays in dealing with and responding to postal communications.  Please note that IPOI staff will not be able to deal with telephone enquiries.  All enquiries should be made by email and directed to the following email address until further notice:  ipinfo@ipoi.gov.ie