Patents - General Information

  • You can claim priority according to Paris Convention within: 12 months from the first filing date.
  • Member of: PCT, Paris Convention.
  • Period of protection of a patent: A patent based on a UK patent remains in force for as long as the UK patent remains in force. The term of a convention or PCT patent is 14 years from the effective filing date, extendable for a further period of 7 years and in exceptional cases for up to 14 years.
  • Annuities: No renewal fees are payable for patents based on a granted UK patent. For convention and PCT applications, renewal fees are payable after 4 years from the effective filing date and annually thereafter.
  • Allowed time to submit the assignment deed from the date of signing the agreement: no time restrictions.