Business brief 2014: UK


Alison Simpson and Mark Green

National patent applications are filed at the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) by filing a specification with a description and claims.


How do you register or secure patent rights, and is national or international coverage most appropriate?

European patents can be validated in the UK from patent applications filed at the European Patent Office (EPO). The UK and the EPO are members of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) for applicants seeking patent protection internationally for their inventions through one initial filing.

patents; trademarks; counterfeiting; copyright