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Patent Box scheme provides reduced corporation tax on patent-related profit

Many companies have made claims under the Patent Box scheme that was initially introduced in April 2013.  The measures aim to provide a boost for innovative businesses within the UK, and Patent Box provides companies generating profit from patented inventions with the benefit of a 10% rate of corporation tax in relation to their patent-related profit. […]

UK Patent Fast Track

When handling applications before the European Patent Office (EPO) we frequently encounter enquires regarding the speed of examination.  While the EPO has recently increased the speed at which it conducts examination, individual national patent applications are still the fastest method of progressing an application to grant. In the UK, accelerating prosecution of a patent application […]

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

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 from making, selling, […]

UK introduces changes to patent fees

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has recently announced changes to the UK patent fees. These changes follow a consultation period in 2017 and introduce some new fees as well as increasing existing fees. The changes will enter into force for UK patent applicants on 6 April 2018. The changes related to filing, search, examination […]

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 […]

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