Patent Registration under the United Kingdom Law

Applying for a patent registration in the United Kingdom (UK) involves the following process, filing out a patent application and paying the registration fee; presenting a formal request for a patent; requesting a search; conducting initial publication; requesting a substantive examination; and ordering final publication. This process is complex and takes between three and four years to be completed. Only when the patent is granted and registered, legal protection is available in the UK and the European Union territory under the Community Patents program.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is a patentable invention under the UK law?
What does the patent application process involve?
What are practical considerations that must be evaluated prior to filing the patent application?
What about international protection available?

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