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Are there any types of trademark that cannot be registered?

Applicants cannot register any of the following: 

  • Marks that are contradictory to Ireland’s standards of moral and/or public order
  • Generic words or terms that have broad meaning
  • Marks that contain names/flags/symbols of states/nations/international organizations unless responsible authorities have granted permission
  • Marks that lack distinctiveness
  • Marks that serve primarily as names of geographic locations
  • Marks that banned in this jurisdiction
  • Marks that intend to deceive the consumers or public
  • Marks that are applied for in bad faith

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