Industrial and Commercial Property (Protection) Act, 1927

Patent agents to be registered.

62.—(1) There shall be kept at the Office a book called the register of patent agents, and no person shall practice, describe himself, or hold himself out, or permit himself to be described or held out, as a patent agent, unless—

(a) in the case of an individual, he is registered as a patent agent in the register of patent agents;

(b) in the case of a firm, the firm and every partner of the firm is so registered;

(c) in the case of a company, the company and every director and the manager (if any) of the company is so registered.

(2) If and when the Minister so directs there shall be kept at the Office a book called the register of clerks in which shall be entered the names of approved clerks of registered patent agents.

(3) If at any time after the expiration of three months from the commencement of this Act, any person contravenes the provisions of this section, he shall be guilty of an offence under this section and shall be liable on summary conviction thereof to a fine not exceeding twenty pounds, and in the case of a company every director, manager, secretary, or other officer of the company who is knowingly a party to the contravention shall be guilty of a like offence and liable to a like fine.

(4) For the purposes of this section, the expression “patent agent” means a person, firm, or company carrying on for gain in Saorstát Eireann the business of applying for or obtaining patents in Saorstát Eireann or elsewhere.

(5) Nothing in this section shall be taken to prohibit solicitors from taking such part as they have heretofore taken in proceedings analogous to any proceedings under this Act.

(6) No alien shall be registered as a patent agent.