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What is a patent?

5 February 2018

Watch this video for an outline of how patents should be drafted, how much they cost, whether you need to file for an UK or EU patent, and whether you need to renew.


So filing a patent application in the UK costs about £300 but it really should be professionally drafted in order to ensure that it actually protects exactly what you’ve invented. And this is important because if you’ve invented something outside of the scope it can be easier to invalidate later on. Or if the scope is too narrow then you may not be able to protect the entire degree of your invention.

Getting patent applications professionally drafted usually costs £3,000-6,000 but if another party opposes the application it can cost a fair bit more. So it is important to consider this at the time you look to file the application.

Again, European patent office applications also cost a fair amount more and you therefore ought to consider the exact scope, geographical scope over which you wish to market the product and sell the product.

Patents in order to renew them, again in the UK, cost between £70 and £600 annually and this will depend on the age of the patent.

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