Intellectual Property: Patents

Patents are granted by governments to protect inventions. They can be obtained for new products, processes and methods of use. They usually last 20 years (most countries), once granted the patent provides the owner with exclusive rights to prevent others from working within the scope of the patent.

Why use Bridle IP?

Bridle IP has worked with individuals and multi-national clients from a diverse array of industries. We can help with all aspects of obtaining a patent, including: drafting original patent applications, writing invention specification, proving merits to the UK Intellectual Property Office. Our patent agents also have significant expertise in post grant issues, such as European opposition and appeal proceedings.

How does the patent process work?

It is essential that details of the invention are kept confidential at least until a patent application has been filed. For an invention to be patented it must be new, and not made public in any way. Anything in the public domain before your application’s filing date can be used to show that your idea is not new. This includes talks and published documents. Divulging details of your invention to anyone before the filing process may impact on your ability to obtain a protective patent. It is a good idea to apply for a patent as soon as possible.

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Perform global search

– Identify if the idea, product etc. already exists globally.
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Draft patent application

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File application with UK Intellectual Property Office

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Within a year from filing you must:

Define the protection you are seeking, provide an abstract summarizing the invention and file for a search request (the UKIPO will return a report which gives an idea of your likelihood to have your patent granted)

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18 months after the initial filing

the patent application is published in the weekly Patents and Design Journal (this is not a granted patent)​

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Within 6 months of publication

 you must request and undergo a substantive examination from the Intellectual Property Office. During this detailed examination you may be required to respond if the UKIPO deems your invention not new or obvious. The process can continue for a further 4 or 5 years until an agreement is reached.

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Upon your application meeting all the requirements your patent will be granted.

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After filing the application, you can expect to have a year to develop your idea and identify further possibilities before needing to do anything else. As a general rule patents are usually granted within 4 years of making the application, however this can be sooner.

Basic Requirements for Gaining A Patent

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How can Bridle IP help me?

In addition to patent protection, we can also advise on other aspects of IP, such as copyright, design and trademarks. While it is entirely possible to manage the process yourself, hiring a patent agent such as Bridle IP is likely to give you increase your chances of having a patent granted and ensure a more secure patent. Patent attorneys are bound by rules of conduct which secure ensure strict confidentiality about your invention, unless your consent is given.