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UK Patent Application

Updated:2018-3-8 18:09:34    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:1331

UK patent application is one of Tannet's intellectual property services. A patent is used 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.

1. What you can patent?
To be granted a patent, your invention must be all of the following:
A: Something that can be made or used
B: New. It must be a new something.
C: Inventive - not just a simple modification to something that already exists

2. What you can’t patent
You can’t patent certain types of invention, including:
A: Literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works
B: A way of doing business, playing a game or thinking
C: A method of medical treatment or diagnosis
D: A discovery, scientific theory or mathematical method
E: The way information is presented
F: Some computer programs or mobile apps
G: Essentially biological’ processes like crossing-breeding plants, and plant or animal varieties

3. Who can Apply for a Patent?
According to the Patent Law, the inventor, or a person to whom the inventor has assigned or is under an obligation to assign the invention, may apply for a patent, with certain exceptions. If two or more persons make an invention jointly, they apply for a patent as joint inventors.

4.How to apply the patent?
If you work with a patent attorney or advisor, they’ll help you through the application process. There are 8 steps if you apply for patent protection in the UK through the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

(1) Search for similar patents to make sure your invention is new.
(2) Prepare your patent application.
(3) File your patent application and request a search from IPO.
(4) Receive your search report (usually within 6 months) and decide whether you want to continue with your application.
(5) Your application will be published 18 months after you file it.
(6) Ask for a ‘substantive examination’ within 6 months of publication.
(7) Respond to comments from IPO’s ‘substantive examination’. The examination may take place several years after you file your application.
(8) Your application will be granted or refused.

You can commercially benefit from your patent once its been granted, for example license, sell or mortgage your patent.

4. Validity Term for a UK Patent
Generally, the term of a new patent is 20 years from the date on which the application for the patent was filed in the UK.

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