How to Prepare a Patent Application in the UK

When you are thinking of applying for a patent for your invention it is very important you follow the correct process. The patent application procedure can be complicated, and you need to make sure you are getting it right in order to save wasted time and money. You should find a patent attorney or a patent consultant when you know that you want to file a patent. Without professional help if is much more difficult to have your patent application succeed.

Reasons to Hire a Professional Patent Attorney

Patent consultants like help make sure that you include all the correct information that is needed for the application. This is important as you cannot change the application or make additions at a later date. They will also help make sure you have the best possible chance of being successful in your patent application by making the application as commercially viable as possible. In many cases it is just not possible to patent an invention when you have no experience in patent law – the process can be too complicated for a non-legal individual to handle.

Work Through the Patent Application Process

You will apply for a UK patent through the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The first step, which will be handled by a patent attorney if you are using one, is to search patent databases to check that the invention hasn’t already been patented and is new. The attorney will then prepare the complete patent application, which can take some time and requires a lot of information. The patent application is then filed and a search takes place within the IPO. The results of the search come back and by looking at these results you can make up your mind as to whether you want to continue with the patent application.

Next, the application is published after it is filed, usually 18 months afterwards. There is also a substantive examination that takes place around six months following the publication date. The patent application will then be granted or refused.

Alternative Ways to Apply for a UK Patent

You can also get a patent in the UK by going through the European Patent Office (EPO), or through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). You will again go through a patent application procedure which involves creating a report including a description of the product, the technical features of the product, and a summary of the most important aspects of the product.

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