Filing a Patent

Filing a Patent Application at the UK IPO

Everything you need to know about filing your patent application in the UK

The Patent Office in the UK (UK IPO) are very helpful to individual inventors. Any questions that this article does not answer they will be happy to help with. They can be contacted by calling this number: 0044 (0)300 300 2000.

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.

If you wish to use a patent agent you should first read this section: Choosing a patent professional

Step 2. File a Form 1 with your description and drawings at the UK Patent Office. Guidelines are available here: Filling in Form 1. 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,
Concept House,
Cardiff Road,
South Wales,
NP10 8QQ
United Kingdom

Patent Filing can be completed online at this address: UK IPO Patent Filing ONLINE.

UK Patent Filing:
  • Minimum requirements - All you need to do to file your application is to send in Form 1 and include a full description of your idea, include full drawings. All other details can follow within 12 months of the original filing date. No fees have to be paid up until 12 months from the date of filing.
  • Filing Receipt - this will be sent within 5 - 10 days by the UK IPO.
  • Complete your Application - you now have 12 months to complete your application by sending in the application fee (30 if sending by post, 20 if filing online) and search fee (150) and a completed copy of Form 9A. Claims and abstract must be now filed.
  • Re-Filing - Within 12 months you can re-file as many times as you like and claim your original priority date of your first application for matter existing in the first filed application. You use Form 1 again to do this and file in the "claim priority" section with the application number of your original patent application. (This is found on your patent filing receipt.)
  • Request for search - Your request for search form 9A must be filed within 12 months of your original application date or the patent application will lapse. Claims must be provided before the search can be completed.
  • International Filing - You need to decide if you wish to file internationally within 12 months of your filing date. It can be beneficial to complete the search prior to international filing as it can save a lot of money in the long run. The search takes 4 months so it is wise when considering international filing to file Form 9A within 6 months of your filing date.

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