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UK Patent Application Steps

Updated:2018-5-14 15:27:21    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:339

UK patent application are made with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). You can use a registered 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. Before you apply for a patent, you should consider whether a patent is right for your invention. They are the most difficult form of IP to get and are expensive to enforce. Here is a brief introduction to UK patent application for you reference.

The following timeline shows the events throughout the life of a patent application until the patent is granted. Patent applications in the UK are administered by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), formerly known as the Patent Office.

Getting a patent is not a guarantee of business success. Deciding whether to apply for a patent should form part of your business planning. It is strongly recommend that you seek professional advice from a patent attorney or other professional IP advisor before deciding whether a patent is the right protection for your invention.

The professional IP advisor prepares a patent application which includes:
1. a written description of your invention: allowing others to see how it works and how it could be made;
2. drawings: to illustrate your description;
3. claims: precise legal statements in the form of single sentences that define your invention by setting out its distinctive technical features;
4. an abstract: a summary that includes all the important technical aspects of your invention.

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