Apply for a UK patent

Use this service to apply for a UK patent through the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

You can’t use this service if your invention is military technology or could harm national security.

This service will be unavailable from midnight on Saturday 8 November 2014 to 7am on Sunday 9 November 2014.

What you need to know

Start nowon the Intellectual Property Office service

Use European Patent Office online services instead if you register EU patents frequently (including in the UK) – you’ll need an IPO deposit account.

Read the guidance on getting a patent for details of:

Upload PDFs of your supporting documents with your application – the whole application size mustn’t be more than 20MB.

You’ll need an email address to use this service.


You get a discount if you pay online with a credit or debit card, or have an IPO account.

Apply by post if you want to pay by cheque, cash or bank transfer.

Stage Apply online Apply by post
Application fee £20 £30
Search £130 £150
Examination £80 £100
Total £230 £280

You don’t have to pay all the fees right away. You can pay the application fee and request and pay for your search and examination after you apply.

The service might not be available from 1am to 3am (UK time).


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