Industrial and Commercial Property (Protection) Act, 1927

Use of invention on foreign vessel in home waters.

61.—(1) A patent shall not prevent the use of an invention for the purposes of the navigation of a foreign vessel within the area of jurisdiction of the Government of Saorstát Eireann, or the use of an invention in a foreign vessel within that area, provided it is not used therein for or in connection with the manufacture or preparation of anything intended to be sold in or exported from Saorstát Eireann.

(2) This section shall not extend to vessels of any foreign state of which the laws do not confer corresponding rights with respect to the use of inventions in vessels of Saorstát Eireann while in the ports of that state, or in the waters within the jurisdiction of its courts.

(3) For the purposes of this section the expression “foreign vessel” includes a ship registered in a British dominion and the expression “foreign state” includes a British dominion.