Patent Filing in United Kingdom


The UK is a global hub for innovation. Here, you will find a brief guide about the filing procedures, routes and fees for Patent Filing in United Kingdom.

Patent Filing in United Kingdom
Patent Filing in United Kingdom

Patent Filing in United Kingdom: The Routes

If you are seeking a patent in United Kingdom, there are 4 options:

1.     Direct Filing with the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (IPO)

2.     International Filing via Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

3.     Filing in EU via European Patent Convention (EPC)

  • The EPC route allows you to file a patent application with the European Patent Office (EPO).
  • EPC has 38 contracting states.
  • The granting of a patent in United Kingdom remains under the control of the IPO.

4.     Filing via Euro-PCT

  • This is an extension to PCT only, with the exception that the procedure focuses on the elements specific to the PCT procedure before the EPO.
  • The provisions of the PCT and its Regulations (“the PCT Rules”) apply, supplemented by the provisions of the EPC.
  • In case of conflict between the provisions of the EPC and the PCT, the PCT prevails.
  • The granting of a patent in United Kingdom remains under the control of the IPO, i.e “national phase”.

Filing Requirements (IPO): Overview

Your patent application needs to comprise of 4 parts that must include:

  • A technical description of the invention (including a list of reference signs, if need be)
  • Patent claims
  • An abstract
  • Drawings (if necessary)

Filing Options (IPO)

You can file your application offline with the IPO or use the e-filing system.

Offline Filing

You can mail your application at the following address:

Intellectual Property Office
Concept House, Cardiff Road
Newport, South Wales
NP10 8QQ
United Kingdom

E-filing

You can use the Online filing system in the IPO website. The same route can be used to file a European (transmission to the EPA) or international (transmission to WIPO) patent application with the IPO.

Patent Fees: Overview

Action Online Fee Offline Fee
Patent Application (immediate payment) £60 £90
Patent Application (delayed payment) £75 £112.50
Search £150 (plus £20 for each claim over 25 claims) £180 (plus £20 for each claim over 25 claims)
Substantive examination £100 (plus £10 for each page of description over 35 pages) £130 (plus £10 for each page of description over 35 pages)

For more information, visit the Forms and Fees page on the IPO website.


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