|Type of property and law
|International Agreements Signed
|Long term patent: 20 years
Short term patent: 10 years
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trade Mark Act
|renewable every 10 years
Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
|5 years, renewable for additional periods of 5 years
Copyright & Related Rights Act, 2000
|In most cases, copyright protection expires 70 years after the death of the author/creator
Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Designs Bill, 2000
|5 years, renewable for additional periods of 5 years, for a maximum of 15 years.
|The Irish Constitution was enacted by a popular plebiscite held on 1 July 1937. The Constitution is the cornerstone of the Irish legal system and is held to be the source of power exercised by the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government.
|The Irish courts are bound by the doctrine of Stare decisis: judges are obliged to obey the set-up precedents established by prior decisions
|The European Communities Act, 1972
|Provides that Treaties of the European Union are part of Irish law, along with directly effective measures adopted under those treaties.
|Ireland is a dualist state and treaties are not part of its domestic law unless incorporated by the Oireachtas. An example of incorporation is the Refugee Act (1996).
|It's a court of final appeal. It ensures compliance with the Irish Constitution by governmental bodies and private citizens.
|Deals at first instance with the most serious and important civil and criminal cases, acts as a court of appeal for civil cases in the Circuit Court.
|Court of Appeal
|The Court of Appeal, established on 28th October 2014, occupies an appellate jurisdictional tier between the High Court and the Supreme Court.
|Special Criminal Court
|It's a juryless criminal court for terrorist and organized crime cases.
|The District Court consists of a President and 63 ordinary judges. The country is divided into 23 districts with one or more judges permanently assigned to each district and the Dublin Metropolitan District.
The District Court exercising its criminal jurisdiction deals with four particular types of offences: summary offences; indictable offences; indictable offences tried summarily and indictable offences not tried summarily.
The civil jurisdiction of the District Court in contract and most other matters is where the claim or award does not exceed EUR 15,000.
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