UK Patent ApplicationsHow to Apply for a Patent
The basic requirement for any successful patent application is that the
idea is novel. A large percentage of applications fail to be granted
because the idea proves not to be new. However an idea can be an improvement on an existing idea. It is often prudent to
complete a worldwide search to see if the idea has already been
patented before filing a patent application.
A patent application basically involves 2 steps:
- Step 1. Draft your description and complete patent drawings - Drafting your patent can be carried out by a patent agent or you can choose to draft the application yourself. Either way it helps to have a patent search report detailing existing patents so you can make sure your patent application is worded to avoid infringing existing patents.
- Step 2. File a Form 1 with your description and drawings at the UK Patent Office. If you are using an agent then they will do this on your behalf. Otherwise you will need to complete the form yourself, attach a full description of your idea and the drawings and send the completed patent application to:
Intellectual Property Office,
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