Patent an Idea

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Hi,

Not sure if this is the correct thread to post on - but can someone advise what the best way to patent an idea is please?

Would it be the IPO?

Thanks.

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  • unforeseen
    unforeseen Posts: 7,295 Forumite
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    Yes, have a read of https://www.ipo.gov.uk/p-apply-before.htm and some of the links in it. I hope you have deep pockets and plenty of time because it's not cheap and not fast.
  • Misteeq
    Misteeq Posts: 67 Forumite
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    Thank you for your reply.

    Will have a look now 😊
  • antrobus
    antrobus Posts: 17,386 Forumite
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    Misteeq wrote: »
    Hi,

    Not sure if this is the correct thread to post on - but can someone advise what the best way to patent an idea is please?

    Would it be the IPO?

    Thanks.

    You patent an invention. As a general rule you can't patent an idea,
  • antrobus
    antrobus Posts: 17,386 Forumite
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    What is a patent?
    https://www.bl.uk/business-and-ip-centre/articles/what-is-a-patent

    To be patentable your invention must:
    • Be new - never been made public in any way, anywhere in the world, before the date on which the application for a patent is filed.
    • Involve an inventive step - if when compared with what is already known, it would not be obvious to someone with good knowledge and experience of the subject.
    • Be capable of industrial application - an invention must be capable of being made or used in some kind of industry. This means that the invention must take the practical form of an apparatus or device, a product such as some new material or an industrial process or method of operation.
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