Get patent protection for your business
If you create a new invention, you should consider protecting it by a patent.
A patent gives you the right to stop people from making, using, importing or selling your invention without your permission. A granted patent can remain in force for up to 20 years if you renew it regularly. A patent also allows you to license others to use your invention which can generate royalties and provide an important source of revenue for your business.
Strict rules determine what can and can't be patented. A patent may not always be the best way for you to protect your invention. This guide explains what is a patent. It describes how you can search for existing patents and how to apply for a patent for your innovative product or technology.
It also weighs up advantages and disadvantages of getting a patent and tells you how to license a patent to generate income through royalties. Finally, it describes some common ways of protecting and enforcing your patents.
Some areas of patent law have been affected by EU Exit. For current information on these, see: changes to patent law from 1 January 2021.
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