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UK Patent Registration Guide

Updated:2018-11-28 15:04:05    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:161

UK patent registration is governed by UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO). A patent only protects your invention in the country where the patent is registered. For protection overseas, you can file a single application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) for protection in more than 140 countries, file a single application with the European Patent Office (EPO) for protection in more than 30 countries in Europe, or apply separately to the patent office of each country where you want a patent. Protecting your intellectual property makes it easier to take legal action against anyone who steals or copies it. Below is a guide to UK patent registration.

What Can Be Patented
You can use a patent to protect your invention. It gives you the right to take legal action against anyone who makes, uses, sells or imports it without your permission. To be granted a patent, your invention must be all of the following:
1. something that can be made or used;
2. new;
3. inventive - not just a simple modification to something that already exists.

What Cannot Be Patented
You can’t patent certain types of invention, including:
1. literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works;
2. a way of doing business, playing a game or thinking;
3. a method of medical treatment or diagnosis;
4. a discovery, scientific theory or mathematical method;
5. the way information is presented;
6. some computer programs or mobile apps;
7. essentially biological processes like crossing-breeding plants, and plant or animal varieties.

Required Information
A patent application is made up of 4 parts that need to meet specific criteria. It must include:
1. a description of your invention that allows others to see how it works and how it could be made;
2. legal statements that set out the technical features of your invention that are to be protected;
3. a summary of all the important technical aspects of your invention;
4. any drawings you need to illustrate your description.

Procedures for UK Patent Registration
The following is an indication of the process should an applicant only initially file their application and pay the fees. All timings are approximate and will vary according to each individual case.
1. File patent application, pay application fee;
2. Issue preliminary examination report;
3. File request for search, pay search fee;
4. Issue search report;
5. Publish application;
6. File request for examination, pay examination fee within 6 months of publication;
7. Substantive examination of application;
8. Patent is either granted and republished, or refused;
9. Renewal fees, yearly from grant for up to 20 years.

UK Patent Renewal
You must renew your patent on the fourth anniversary of when you filed for it. You then need to renew every year near the due date - the last day of the month in which you first filed. You can renew your patent for up to a maximum of 20 years.Make sure to renew up to 3 months before, or within 1 month after, the due date to avoid late payment fees.

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