Patents protect the features and processes that make things work. This lets inventors profit from their inventions. A granted patent will give you exclusive rights over your invention and you will be able to take legal action against anyone who uses it without your permission. A patent application is a request pending at a patent office for the grant of a patent for the invention described in that application. An application consists of a description of the invention together with official forms and correspondence relating to the application.
In order to obtain the grant of a patent, a person must file an application at the UK Patent Office to grant the patent in the area that is required. This can also be done at the European Patent Office. Once the patent specification complies with the laws of the office concerned, a patent may be granted for the invention described.
The basic requirement for any successful patent application is that the idea is original. A large percentage of applications fail to be granted because the idea proves not to be new. Typically, patent registrations can cost from £2,000 for a UK patent to over £30,000 for a European patent, and it is therefore prudent to get advice from a patent or intellectual property solicitor to carry out a patent search on your behalf and help with your patent application.If you would like to obtain legal advice on patent applications then Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist intellectual property solicitor free of charge. So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local intellectual property solicitors please call us at 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 02/03/2010