How to Apply for a Patent
- Price: £3.60
- Published: October 2016
- Type: Business Information Factsheet
- Format: PDF
Patents protect inventions by giving the owner of the patent the right to prevent anyone from making or using the invention without the owner's permission. This right, granted by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), is enforceable in a court of law and can last for up to 20 years. Anyone who develops a new invention that could be commercially valuable should consider applying for a patent.
This factsheet explains the UK patent system and describes the process of applying for a UK patent, including the stages of an application, the information that must be provided and the costs that are involved. It also provides information about overseas patents and how to find a professional patent attorney.