Introduction To Patent Applications

The first step in obtaining a granted patent is usually the preparation and filing of an informal or priority UK patent application. It is important that this document is accurately and professionally drafted because it defines the protection which the patent will provide.

To meet the novelty requirements for obtaining a granted patent, you must not publicly disclose your invention before the patent application is filed.

Once the application has been filed, a filing date and a patent application number will be allocated by the relevant patent authorities. You can start to put “patent pending” or “patent applied for” on your product, packaging and any accompanying literature.

Our patent experts can conduct in-house preliminary searches and prepare and file your patent applications in any country in the world.

Overseas patent applications can take the filing date of the UK patent application if they are filed within 12 months (a process called “claiming priority”). It is also possible to file patent applications in countries other than the UK prior to or in place of filing an informal or priority UK patent application.

If you decide to proceed with the patent application process then one or more formal patent applications will need to be filed within the first 12 months. The one or more formal patent applications are then the subject of a patent search and subsequently an examination by the relevant patent authorities. Once the patent authorities of the relevant countries are convinced that the invention is patentable, they will then grant a patent.

Our patent attorneys can conduct in-house preliminary searches, as well as preparing and filing your patent applications in any country in the world. If you would like to apply for a patent, then please contact our team today to get started.

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The advice given from day one was excellent with a clear road map of the patent process and the indicative costs involved. Since then we have moved through various approval stages in the order set out in that original meeting to now having full patent status in UK, key European countries, USA and China. When we appeared on ‘BBC’s Dragons Den’, one of the investors complemented the strength of the patent work and it formed a key component to investment offers from not one but two Dragons. We still have an excellent working relationship with Bailey Walsh and see no reason to change this 7 year relationship.

Founder , Garden Building Design Company

We enjoy a great working relationship with the Bailey Walsh team. They are always understanding and provide their professional opinion very quickly, with an outline of timescales, costs and key milestones. Once an application is underway, we are regularly updated on progress and required further actions. We can always rely on continuity and consistency of feedback from them.
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Managing Director , UK leading toy company

Bailey Walsh are my trusted patent attorneys and I cannot emphasize enough how invaluable their expertise has been throughout the entire patent application process. From the very first meeting, it was evident I was in capable hands. Their responsiveness to my queries and dedication to keeping me informed at every stage has been truly commendable. I never felt alone during the journey , as they guided me with clarity and transparency, ensuring I fully understood each step I was taking. I wholeheartedly recommend Bailey Walsh to anyone seeking top-notch patent services

Director, Health drink company

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