Central Industrial Property Office

Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
Concept House
Cardiff Road
NEWPORT
South Wales NP10 8QQ

Tel. +44 1633 814000

or

Intellectual Property Office (IPO)
London Branch Office
3rd Floor
10 Victoria Street
LONDON
SW1H 0NB

www.gov.uk/government/organisations/intellectual-property-office

information@ipo.gov.uk

Contracting state

United Kingdom

1

Applicant can choose between EPO and national authorities (subject to section 2)

 

Yes


Sect. 23(1), (1A), (2) PA

2

Applications which must be filed with national authorities

 

Applications filed or caused to be filed by persons resident in the United Kingdom and which contain information relating to military technology or other information whose publication might be prejudicial to national security or the safety of the public, unless:

(a) an application has been filed at the IPO for the same invention not less than six weeks be­fore filing the Euro­pean patent appli­cation outside the United Kingdom and either the comptroller of the IPO has not prohibited the publi­cation of the inven­tion under Section 22 PA or any such pro­hi­bition has been revoked, or

(b) an application for the same invention was first filed in a country outside the United Kingdom by persons resident abroad, or

(c) written authority to file the application outside the United Kingdom has been obtained from the comptroller of the IPO.

See www.gov.uk/national-security-checks-on-patent-applications for further information.


Sect. 23(1), (1A), (2) PA

3

Languages in which European patent applications must or may be filed with national authorities

 

All the languages pursuant to Art. 14(2) EPC

4

Official language(s)

 

English

5

Special features

 

Applications may be filed online, via the IPO’s webfiling service at: www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-patent.

Applications may also be filed by email to: Forms@ipo.gov.uk. Details are available from:
www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-patent.

Applications may also be filed online via EPO Online Services by users who have registered with the IPO. Details are available from:
www.gov.uk/apply-for-a-patent.

Copies of all forms referred to in the following tables can be obtained from the Newport address given in the left-hand section, and can be downloaded from the website at:
www.gov.uk/government/publications/patent-forms-and-fees

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