We Specialise in the protection of your intellectual property rights

Patents

A patent may be granted, be it a product, a process of manufacture, a composition or many other things, if it is shown to be:

  • Novel
  • Involve an inventive step and
  • Capable of industrial application

However, some types of products are excluded from patentability, such as a scientific or mathematics discovery, an artistic work, or a method for doing business.

Contact us today for a confidential discussion to assess whether patent protection may be possible.

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Obtaining a patent can take a number of years, with the most important stage being the application filed at the Patent Office prior to any public disclosure of the idea, which could invalidate any later submitted application. In the U.K., a patent specification must be included with the application, which includes a full description of the design with drawings (where necessary), claims defining the product, a short abstract and the required official forms, as well as payment of any charges such as search request fees. The patent office will then carry out a search for any prior published documents that might be related to the originality and inventiveness of the idea. The application will be published 18 months after the first filing date, followed by a period of 6 months to request an examination of the application. The patent office will then assess if it meets the criteria for the granting of the patent. The Applicant can respond to any issues that arise in the process of obtaining acceptance of the application.

We are highly experienced in drafting patent specifications and managing applications before various patent offices. We will assist the applicants every step of the way. A granted patent is valid for up to 20 years and gives the proprietor exclusive rights to generate, employ, import or sell the patented product in an area covered by the patent, with charges relevant to renewal fees.

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A patent is obtained via a national patent office and is generally territorial, meaning that separate applications have to be filed in each country in which protection is required. However, foreign applications filed within 12 months of the initial U.K. filing date will be able to benefit from its original filing date. Furthermore, regional patents may be obtained for certain areas, such as Europe, and it is possible to file an international patent application covering the majority of countries for an initial 30 month period which delays the major expanse of filing in individual territories or regions until after this date.

We will be more than happy to explain the various options available to you and provide detailed cost estimates.

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