Copyright

Copyright is a legal right that comes into being by virtue of making a work in which copyright subsists. This can include literary text, artistic works, computer programs and technical drawings. There is no official system for registering copyright.

Copyright in technical drawings

The copyright in an original technical drawing may be infringed by making an unauthorised two-dimensional or three-dimensional reproduction of a substantial part of the drawing. It is, however, not an infringement of copyright to reproduce in three dimensions a functional commercially available three-dimensional object.

The interrelationship between registered designs and copyright in technical drawings in Ireland is complex and requires expert advice. We will be pleased to assist you with specific queries.