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Where does my patent apply?

Patents are territorial and can only be enforced in the areas for which they're granted. A successful application for a UK patent only gives you protection in the UK.

To stop the exploitation of your invention outside the UK you need to file for patents in the countries where you want protection. Find links to intellectual property offices worldwide on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website.

Although in some cases you'll need to submit applications for each country concerned, there are international agreements that allow you to obtain protection in a number of countries through a single application. Read about protecting your patent abroad on the GOV.UK website.

If you intend to apply for a patent in one or more countries outside the UK, you will also need to consider the following:

For more information see our guides on intellectual property protection overseas and managing your patents.

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