Patents

If you’re going to invest in new product development, a patent can help make sure that other businesses can’t simply copy your ideas.

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FAQS

Patenting your invention FAQs

What you need to know if you are considering patenting your invention, including why you should do it, using an agent and the costs involved

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Online patent renewal service

Patents need to be renewed four years after they have been initially filed. You then need to renew it every year up to a maximum of 20 years

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Do I need a patent?

This guide will help you decide if a patent is right for your invention; the process by which patents are granted; and how to enforce your patent

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UK patent search

Search the online patents register to find information on UK patents, current patent applications and the status of granted patents

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Online patent filing service

This tool takes you through the step-by-step process of applying for a UK patent online using the Intellectual Property Office web filing service