• Guidance: Patent fact sheets

    Guidance: Patent fact sheets

    An application for a patent should include a full description of your invention (including any drawings), a set of claims defining your invention, a short abstract summarising the technical features of your invention and a filled in form 1. Once you’ve applied, you must ask us to search your patent... Continue reading

     
  • Guidance: Patents Formalities manual

    Guidance: Patents Formalities manual

    This manual provides detailed guidance practice and procedures we follow in formalities examination of patent applications under the Patents Act 1977 and associated rules. It covers UK patent applications and the national phase of Patent Co-operation Treaty applications.

     
  • Guidance: Patents: Manual of Patent Practice

    Guidance: Patents: Manual of Patent Practice

    The Manual recites sections of the Patents Act 1977 and sections of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 relating to patents. There is also a section on Supplementary Protection Certificates (SPC) for Medicinal Products and Plant Protection Products. We update the Manual regularly to reflect recent developments such as... Continue reading

     
  • Detailed guide: Model agreements for collaborative research

    Detailed guide: Model agreements for collaborative research

    Overview Negotiating agreements over the ownership and management of IP generated in collaborative research partnerships is vital for a successful relationship. Model agreements can help the parties in collaboration to determine ownership of any IP generated during a joint project in a fair and equitable manner. We support the use... Continue reading

     
  • Model agreements for collaborative research

    Overview Negotiating agreements over the ownership and management of IP generated in collaborative research partnerships is vital for a successful relationship. Model agreements can help the parties in collaboration to determine ownership of any IP generated during a joint project in a fair and equitable manner. We support the use... Continue reading

     
  • Guidance: IPO: Customer charter

    Updated: Customer charter updated. The IPO customer charter sets out the standards of service we aim to provide. It also provides information on how you can give us feedback on your experience of doing business with us.

     
  • Guidance: Intellectual property rights in India

    Guidance: Intellectual property rights in India

    Protecting your Intellectual Property in India India is a significant market for UK business, worth over £8bn each year. In terms of emerging markets, it is the UK’s second largest export market after China. You should consider how to manage or protect your intellectual property (IP) if you are thinking... Continue reading

     
  • Guidance: Patent classification

    Guidance: Patent classification

    As a patent granting authority we perform searches on UK patent applications. We use classification schemes to help narrow down our search. We classify all applications before we publish them so that the classification information is available on the day of publication. We classify UK patent applications by their technical... Continue reading

     
  • Collection: Designs decisions

    Collection: Designs decisions

    Published: 24 May 2014 Updated: 17 February 2017 + full page history 17 February 2017 Design decision O/066/17 added. 3 February 2017 Decision O/034/17 added. 16 August 2016 Designs hearing decision O/388/16 added. 5 August 2016 Decision O/375/16 added. 6 July 2016 Decision O/318/16 added. 26 May 2016 Decision O/262/16... Continue reading

     
  • Guidance: Searching for similar trade mark goods/services in other classes

    Guidance: Searching for similar trade mark goods/services in other classes

    When we receive your trade mark application and search our register for earlier trade marks which may be the same as or similar to your mark, we only look in classes that may contain the same or similar goods or services to those in your application. If we do find... Continue reading

     
 
 
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