The government authorised the minister for foreign affairs  to submit the harp and shamrock to the World Intellectual Property Organisation for registration as trademarks. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The registration of the harp and the shamrock as Irish emblems was delayed because of a row between departments over who should carry the costs. The(...)

The Guinness harp, which was in use  “some fifty years or more before the founding of the state”

Attempts by Ireland 30 years ago to register the harp as a state symbol under international trademark law ran into difficulties over fears it might im(...)

The internet has made millionaires out of some quick-thinking people who bought up generic domain names in the early dotcom years. Domain names can co(...)