Check the designs journal

View details of all designs that the Intellectual Property Office have recently accepted and published in the designs journal. This service will be unavailable from midnight on Saturday 8 November 2014 to 6pm on Sunday 9 November. What you need to know Start nowon the Intellectual Property Office service Before you start The designs journal is published every week and contains: all design applications registered in the past 3 weeks...

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Register a trade mark

Register your trade mark online. You can’t change your trade mark once you’ve applied. This service will be unavailable from midnight on Saturday 8 November 2014 to 6pm on Sunday 9 November. What you need to know Start nowon the Intellectual Property Office service Before you start Read the guide to getting a trade mark, including what you can and can’t register as a trade mark. You’ll need the following to use this service: an email...

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Change or update your patent

You must tell the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) if details in thepatents register are wrong or you need to change them. Change your patent To change a patented invention after it’s granted you must prepare electronic versions of: your patent documents with changes highlighted an explanation of why you’re making the change supporting documents Email your documents to litigationamend@ipo.gov.uk with ‘Proposal to amend under section...

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Register a design

1. Check if you can register your design You can register the look of a product you’ve designed to stop people copying or stealing it. The look of your design includes the: appearance physical shape configuration (or how different parts of a design are arranged together) decoration What you’ll get Registering your design: protects any aspect of your design, eg both the product’s shape and decoration gives you exclusive rights to use...

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Patent your invention

1. Overview A patent protects your invention and lets you take legal action against anyone who makes, uses, sells or imports your invention without your permission. You can apply for patent protection in the UK through the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Check if a patent is the right protection for your intellectual property. How to apply Search for similar patents to make sure your invention is new. Prepare your patent...

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Intellectual property and your work

1. Overview Intellectual property is something unique that you physically create – an idea alone is not intellectual property. For example, an idea for a book is not intellectual property, but the words you’ve written are. Copyright, patents, designs and trade marks are all types of intellectual property protection. Your intellectual property is either protected automatically from theft or copying, or you can register it to...

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