Design Patent Filing in the UK

Design Patent Filing in the UK
Design Patent filing in the UK

Design fees

Contact IIPLA today for Fees associated with design patent application filing in the United Kingdom.

Multiple design application

Multiple design patent applications are possible in the UK IPO.

Filing requirements for a design application in the United Kingdom

English & Welsh is the official languages of the industrial design prosecution before the UK Patent Office.

For obtainment of a filing date, a design patent application in the UK shall contain the following:

– proof of payment of the relevant fee.

– details of any foreign applications on which priority is to be claimed

– applicant’s details, including registered address if applicable;

– brief descriptive title of the product

– set of pictures showing the physical appearance of the design patent.

Currently, when filing a design patent application the legislation of the United Kingdom does not require submitting a Power of Attorney.

The submission of the Priority Document is not necessary.

The term for filing an industrial design patent application claiming conventional priority in the UK is 6 months from the date of priority.

Examination of a design application in the UK

In the UK, a design application undergoes both formal and substantive examinations. No specific examination request or fee needs to submit.

Novelty grace period

The novelty grace period in the UK constitutes twelve months before the filing date or priority date. If the application is made available to the public domain due to the disclosure made in bad faith by any 3rd party or made by the designer as a result of information provided within the above-said time period, it does not disprove the novelty of the design in the UK.

Grant, validity term and design renewal fees

There is no official grant fee for design patent. The design patent is valid for 5 years from the filing date. One can renew this term 4 time upto a maximum of 25 years.The renewal application must be filed 6 months before nad one month after the date of its expiration to avoid late fee. Late payment is possible within a 6-month grace period by paying a corresponding surcharge.

Duration of registration procedure

In the UK, the granting period does not usually exceed 12 months from the filing date.

Representation by a patent attorney

In the UK, for foreign applicants residing outside the United Kingdom or the European Economic Area, it is advised to perform the trademark prosecution by an agent, a registered UK patent attorney.

If you have any queries related to the design patent filing in the UK, please contact IIPLA team. We will be more than happy to resolve your queries free of cost.

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