WE ARE CHARTERED UK PATENT ATTORNEYS. WE SPECIALIZE IN UK PATENTS AS WELL AS EUROPEAN PATENTS, US PATENTS AND PATENTS IN ALL OTHER COUNTRIES 

A PATENT PROTECTS IDEAS AND INVENTIONS. A PATENT LASTS UP TO 20 YEARS FROM INITIAL FILING. A PATENT COVERS JUST ONE COUNTRY AT A TIME. A SEPARATE PATENT IS REQUIRED  IN EACH COUNTRY WHERE PROTECTION IS NEEDED OBTAINING A PATENT INVOLVES SEARCHING, PREPARATION , FILING, EXAMINATION, PROSECUTION, GRANT AND ANNUAL PATENT RENEWAL AFTER GRANT

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THE IDEA: If you have an idea you would like protected, a UK patent office patent application may be what is needed. To be suitable for a patent application the idea must be new and involve an inventive step which would not be obvious to a "skilled man". Up to the filing of the patent application you must keep the idea secret or disclose it only "in confidence". If you have such an idea and believe it to be an invention suitable for patent protection, take advantage of our patent attorney services and contact us for a free of charge consultation. We will be happy to advise you what next steps to take. We will also be happy to  advise you the probable overall price. Email us for latest cost  information.   Patent attorney Invention

Patent attorney Search SEARCH: To see if an idea is a new invention, a patent search is recommended. Contact us. We can advise you how to do this for yourself, or  we can arrange to have this done for you through our professional searchers. A patent search will give a reasonable idea of what already exists in the field of your invention. If the search proves OK, you can file a patent application and be be more certain of the success of the  Patent Application filed for your invention. Email us for the price of a patent search.

 

INITIAL FILING: The idea can be prepared as a rough patent application for initial patent filing including a patent description saying how the invention is carried out, patent claims defining the nature of the invention, any patent drawings and a patent abstract of the application for use as a guide in a UK Patent Office Search. The patent application can be added to until to year from the initial patent filing date to reflect any improvements. By the end of that year the patent application must be in good order for patent examination and will probably require the attention of a professional patent attorney to put the patent application into order before proceeding further. Contact us if you would like us to use our patent skills to assist you at any stage of this process. Email us for cost. We will advise you of the price. The end of the first year is also the point in time when you must consider your patent application for  foreign filing .

FORMAL SEARCH AND EXAMINATION: By the end of the first year, a formal patent search must be requested where the UK Patent Office searches the subject matter of the patent claims and sends back a report. If the search proves satisfactory, patent examination must  be requested and the UK Patent Office starts a formal patent examination process where an examiner examines the submitted patent claims, raises objections, and sends back the application several times before an amended set of patent claims can be agreed. This process must all be finished by the end of four and a half years from initial filing. Accelerated examination can be arranged. Take advantage of our patent attorney skills to assist you in the examination process. Email us for the latest cost. GRANT: At the end of examination, if successful, the patent application becomes a granted patent. You receive a patent grant certificate. The patent must be maintained by annual renewal fees, paid to the UK Patent Office. If the patent renewal fees are not paid, the patent lapses. The patent renewal fees start low, and grow year by year. Patent renewal is possible up to the 20th year, when patent protection ends,  the invention pases into the "public domain" and anyone can then use your idea. We will be happy to assist you in patent renewals and reminders. Take advantage of our patent attorney skills. Email us for the latest cost.

HOW TO USE A PATENT: Once applied for a patent, the term "Patent Pending" is applicable. This can be a great deterrent to others and can allow you to be first in the field. You can use the patent to protect manufacture by yourself. You can also use a granted UK patent to prevent anyone else using your idea in the UK without your permission. If they do, they can be sued and stopped by you. You can receive damages or an account of profits. You can also license others to use or make your patented invention so that you can receive income from one or more sources as a result of your patent without manufacturing risk. Your patent  can also prevent importing and distribution of your patented product.

SPECIALIZATIONS: We specialize in Electronics, Telecommunications, Software, Mechanical, Radio, IT, Internet, IP engineering, physics,  Medical apparatus , Software, Mobile Phone and business method inventions.

EUROPEAN GRANTED PATENTS IN THE UK: We register and maintain the UK portions of granted European Patents. Email us for cost.

OWNERSHIP OF INVENTIONS IN THE UK: Just who owns and can apply for a patent  depends upon the circumstances under which the invention was made and by whom. Click HERE to find out about invention ownership in the United Kingdom.

 WE WILL BE HAPPY TO PROVIDE  OUR PATENT ATTORNEY  IP SERVICES TO ASSIST YOU AT ANY STAGE.