The Patents (Amendment) Act 2012 came into operation on 3 September 2012, together with two associated statutory instruments:
Patents (Amendment) Rules 2012 - SI No. 334 of 2012
Patents, Trademarks and Designs (Fees)(Amendment) Rules 2012 - SI No. 335 of 2012
These amendments were necessary in order to give effect to the London Agreement on the application of Article 65 of the European Patent Convention. The amendments provide that Ireland, as an EPC contracting state which has an official language (English) in common with an official language of the European Patent Office has dispensed with the requirement for the filing of a translation into English of the specification of a European Patent which was filed in either French or German, within a specified time, in order for that European Patent to be validated in Ireland. The prescribed fee for filing the translation has also been removed.