Innovation is an integral part of Ireland’s overall economic policy. A key pillar of Government policy involves the use of research and innovation to drive job creation and to make our enterprises more competitive.
The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and innovation (DJEI) is the Government Department with primary responsibility for Innovation.
Relevant primary Irish legislation concerning the protection of intellectual property is set out below:
Alongside innovation, access to R&D is essential for businesses to develop and stay competitive.
Intellectual property must be protected to encourage innovation.
The Business access to state information and services (BASIS) website has been developed to provide business with a single access point to all Government information and services. Information on the website is structured around the "life events" of a business, e.g. business start-up and development, paying taxes and employing staff.
The Irish Patent Office is responsible for the grant of patents for inventions and for the registration of trademarks and designs
The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 's (DJEI) Office of Science, Technology and Innovation (OSTI) is responsible for the development, promotion and co-ordination of Ireland's Science, Technology and Innovation policy; and Ireland's policy in European Union and international research activities.
The Irish Government continues to promote the importance of R&D and innovation in companies.
Enterprise Ireland has primary responsibility for providing research, development and innovation supports to companies. It provides a range of programmes to companies of all sizes to support innovation and research.
Companies seeking supports in these areas can view the range of programmes available, at the following link:
Some examples of specific programmes are set out below:
The Technology Centres Programme, operated by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland facilitating Irish companies and multinationals to work together on research projects in collaboration with research institutions.
The Technology Gateway Programme facilitates collaboration between Industry and industry led researchers in the Gateway centres located in the Institutes of Technology around Ireland.
The R&D Fund provides financial support and expertise for companies undertaking R&D projects, small and large.
Innovation Partnerships provide funding for collaborative projects between companies and research teams in higher education institutes.
Innovation Vouchers are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.
Support is also provided for High Potential Start Ups (HPSUs). HPSUs are start-up businesses with the potential to develop an innovative product or service for sale on international markets.