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.
I saw this story reported today and it stuck me as particularly poor science. As click bait, it is irresistible. It has it all: sex, cancer, an excuse to use the word ejaculation and the conclusion that promiscuity is better than monogamy, unless you're gay. The study found that men who had slept with more than 20 women had significantly lower instances of prostate cancer than those men who slept with less. I have no reason to doubt the numbers. But many reports of the findings illustrate the classic fallacy of confusing correlation with causation. I have noticed that on on days when lots of people carry umbrellas, the buses are much fuller. But it would be wrong to jump to the conclusion that umbrellas cause busses to fill up, and that increasing the number of umbrellas on our streets would improve bus company revenues. It is similarly incorrect to conclude that the full busses cause people to carry umbrellas. There is only corre…
Bakker is a vendor of plants that operates online and by mail order. The company annoyed me some years ago by sharing my details with third parties without my permission. People who buy plants by mail order are quite an attractive demographic and so it's a nice little sideline for the company. I ended up getting a lot of junk mail as a direct result of this and I eventually traced it back to Bakker. I was in the market for some plants today and so I e-mailed to the company just to make sure that their practices had since improved. The reply I got was not conclusive enough to make me part with my money.
While there I noticed some very nice clematis that go by the name of So Many®. I was struck by the registered trade mark symbol. It is unlikely that such a trade mark would be registered in Ireland since it is merely descriptive. It is actually an offence in Ireland to use this symbol for a mark that is not registered under Section 94 of the Trade Marks Act.