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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.

Protect patents in international markets

To stop the exploitation of your invention outside the UK, you will need to file for patents in the countries where you want protection.

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.

For more information, see intellectual property protection overseas and managing your patents.

Things to consider when applying for patents abroad

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

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