The first registered trade mark in force in Ireland was the UK's Trade Mark No. 1 for Bass Ale. However, following independence in 1922 Ireland put in place its own intellectual property regime. The Industrial and Commercial Property (Protection) Act 1927 established a trade mark register for Ireland. Deanta I nEireann is Irish for Made in Ireland.
A trade mark that merely designates the country of origin would not be registrable today.
My iPhone 3 is like a penis that has lost a few inches. It was once very impressive and I was so proud of it. I relished every opportunity to whip it out of my pants and show if off to admirers. And they were many. But now not so much. Other men’s are much more impressive these days, and I have had to console myself with the knowledge that although mine isn’t as impressive as it used to be, it’s still perfectly fine and meets my needs. That was until recently. A few of my favorite apps no longer work. FourSquare was the first to go. But that was a bit of harmless fun and was no great loss. Next went Skype. That was a huge loss. Even, audio-only Skype was really useful. I found it so useful that I even switched to a network that allowed it to work without WiFi. The most recent departure was WhatsApp, which is the messenger of choice in Spain where many of my friends and family live. I’m quite annoyed by all this. I think it’s perfectly acceptable to say to owners of old phon…
I enjoyed this article in this weekend's Sunday Tribune about media bashing of public servants.
DNA tests on a nurse from Enfield recently discovered she is a direct descendant of a family of cruel kitten killers from the 1890s. Investigations into the background of a teacher in Kilkenny revealed that wealthy ancestors on his mother's side used to stand outside the homes of starving people during the famine, munching potato salad sandwiches and feeding the leftovers to the local bird population. What else would he do with that kind of history but look for a job in the public service?