Intellectual property

Intellectual property (IP) isn't solely relevant to larger businesses or those involved in developing innovative new products: all products have IP.

Intellectual property
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Intellectual property - overview

Intellectual property (IP) isn't solely relevant to larger businesses or those involved in developing innovative new products: all products have IP.

Trade marks
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Trade marks - overview

Your business brands can be powerful assets. Preventing other businesses from trading on your good name helps protect you against unfair competition.

Copyright
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Copyright - overview

If your business profits from original works (for example, art, written content or software), you may need to protect against copyright infringement.

Patents
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Patents - overview

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.

Design right and registration FAQs
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Design right and registration FAQs

The difference between design right and registered designs, how much registration costs and what to do if someone claims the right to your design

How does copyright work?
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How does copyright work?

Copyright protects the creators of original text, artwork and films, and gives you control over the rights to copy, perform or broadcast your material

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Intellectual property FAQs

Answers to common business questions on types of intellectual property, how to protect your IP against infringements and how you can profit from IP

Manage your intellectual property
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Manage your intellectual property

Your business almost certainly relies on some form of IP. How your business can track, protect and profit from its intellectual property.

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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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Registering trade marks

If a trademark is to be registered, whether a word, logo, shape, sound or smell, it must be represented graphically on the application form

Community trade mark registry search
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Community trade mark registry search

Use this search tool from the Trade marks and designs registration office to find trade marks that have been registered and are valid within the EU

Do I need a patent?
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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

Online patent filing service
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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

Online patent renewal service
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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

Register a trade mark
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Register a trade mark

Use this online tool from the Intellectual Property Office to register a trade mark. You can't make changes to a trade mark after it's been registered

UK design rights search
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UK design rights search

Search for UK registered designs by number, product, proprietor or class using the search tool on the Intellectual Property Office website

UK patent search
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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

UK trade mark search
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UK trade mark search

Search for UK trade marks by number, proprietor, refused mark, mark text or image and search for refused trade marks using this handy search tool