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PATENT ADVICE | HOW TO PATENT AN IDEA

 
Gaining patent protection on your idea is a complex process but can often be crucial to the future success of your business venture. A patent is one of the most effective ways to protect an idea, but is expensive and there are other forms of Intellectual Property protection as well. If you are unclear of the best way to protect your concept then why not contact us to discuss the best way forwards. If patenting is the right way for your concept then here are the stages involved in getting a patent:
 

Stage 1: Patent Searching

 
A global patent search is often a sensible initial step before drafting and filing a patent application. This is because you will not be able to patent the idea if it has been patented by someone else previously and just because you haven't found the concept anywhere else does not mean that it has not been protected already. ...more about patent searches 
 

Stage 2: Developing the Concept

 
In most cases the next step is to develop the unique features of your idea. Patents do not protect the overall concept but instead most patents protect the method by which the concept carries out the overall idea. i.e. it would not be possible to protect a hedge trimmer (even if not invented previously), but you may well be able to protect a machine with a motor, drive train and specific blade arrangement for cutting hedges.
 
The results of the patent search may also have revealed that development is necessary to alter or expand your idea so that it does not infringe an existing patent. Design2Market are experienced in creating innovative, patentable solutions to design problems. 
 

Stage 3: Patent Draft

 
Now that the idea is further developed, and you have ensured that it is indeed unique, you can proceed with the drafting of your patent application and then filing it with the UK IPO (formerly known as the UK Patent Office). Drafting a patent application is best completed by a patent attorney. It is often sensible to have a patent search report completed first to ensure your patent application is worded to avoid infringing existing patents making the process simpler further down the line.
 
Design2Market works with expert Chartered Patent Attorneys and can support through this process.
 

Stage 4: Patent Filing

 
UK Patent filing is done by the UK Intellectual Property Office by post or online. This is often best completed by your Chartered Patent Attorney who will ensure that this is done correctly. Once this UK patent is filed a 12 month 'grace' period starts where you have 12 months to decide to expand the application out to cover other countries. This is the most cost effective way of achieve international patent protection but is only available for this limited time.
   

Other Intellectual Property options

 
If it is not possible to obtain a patent or if you want further ways to protect you idea, there are other options to protect your intellectual property (IP) ...more about other forms of IP protection
 
 
 
Do you have an idea you want to discuss?
 
Call us on 01242 787996 or email via info@design2market.co.uk
 
D2M partners with Chartered Patent & Trademark Attorneys to ensure that we can offer expert advice on patents and other forms of IP protection. Further information on how to patent an idea can be found in our Free Patenting Guide. Alternatively, we are happy to have a meeting to discuss the best way to protect your specific idea.
 
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