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Patents protect the methods and processes that make things work. We can help you decide if a patent is the right type of protection for your invention.

About patents

Find out about patents, their benefits, and the criteria for patentability. Plus, help deciding whether patent protection is right for you and where you can go for advice.

Applying for a patent

Costs, timelines, and fees for filing patent applications are explained here, along with points to consider before applying. When you are ready, you can apply online.

Managing your patents

How to renew your patents or change the information listed with us. You can also find ways to use and enforce your patents, and how to protect patents abroad.

Other people's patents

Information about using other people's patents and patent infringement. Also, how to monitor applications and object to other people's patents.

Fast Facts

  • Inventions must be kept confidential to be patentable
  • Inventions must be capable of industrial application
  • Granting a patent application can take several years
  • Patents can be renewed for a maximum of 20 years
  • New Patents Published on-line every Wednesday

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