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Accelerated Examination at the EPO

One of the most frequent enquiries concerning the European Patent Office (EPO) is the speed at which patent applications are examined.  It is not unusual for patent applications to remain pending at the EPO for several years, especially if the subject of the invention lies in a popular field, such as telecommunications or chemical compositions. […]

UK Patent Applications – Factsheet

UK patents protect novel and inventive products and processes from unauthorised manufacture, sale, import or use in the UK. What is a patent, and why do I want one? A patent is a legal monopoly giving the inventor (or their company) of a new and useful device or process the right to stop third parties […]

Proposed Fee Changes at the UKIPO

The UK Intellectual Property Office has proposed changes to fees relating to UK patent applications and patents. As part of the process, the UKIPO ran a consultation on changes to statutory fees from April to June 2017. Perhaps unsurprisingly the feedback on the proposed fee increases was mixed. The UKIPO has now responded to the […]

Patent or Design?

The coexistence of Patents and Registered Designs often causes confusion about the best mode of protection to seek for a particular product or process. We have outlined the basic differences between a Patent and a Registered Design below, along with some “pros” and “cons” to each, to help you decide which form of protection would […]

PCT and Foreign Patent Applications – Factsheet

A UK patent can be enforced only in relation to commercial activities which take place in the UK. If you wish your invention to be protected overseas, then it is necessary to file patent applications abroad. In many cases overseas patent applications are filed at the end of a “priority year” which starts with the […]

European Patent Applications – Factsheet

European patent applications A European patent can provide protection for an invention in up to 38 countries. What is a European patent application, and why do I want one? A patent is a legal monopoly giving the inventor (or their company) of a new and useful device or process the right to stop third parties […]

Structure of a Patent Application

Drafting a new patent application for an invention can be a complex process, because it involves taking cutting-edge scientific concepts and placing them in a legal framework. For this reason, as patent attorneys, we are very reliant on inventors to review the drafts that we have prepared and let us know where changes need to be […]

Novelty Only Prior Art

During the process of applying for a UK patent, it is common for the Examiner to highlight documents considered to be relevant to the patentability of the invention defined by the claims.  The majority of the documents highlighted by the Examiner are likely to be those that were published, or otherwise made available to the […]

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