Apply online with the UK Intellectual Property Office, the European Patent Office, or the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
Register your invention as a patent to protect your intellectual property
Dont make your invention public before applying for a patent – it cant be patented later.
Find out what you can and can’t patent.
The application fee is £230, including search and examination fee. You also need:
A patent attorney can help with complex patent applications.
Once youve applied, a search to check your invention is new and different takes 4 to 6 months. It can then take more than 4 years for a patent to be granted.