Online patent service goes live
The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a new online patent renewal service, which should make it simpler, quicker and cheaper for businesses and inventors to renew their patents.
More than 400,000 patents are renewed every year and a renewal request can be completed using the new service in under four minutes.
People can already apply online for patents and trade marks. They can also renew trade marks online, and today’s launch is another step forward in the IPO’s digital services transformation.
Separately, a new pilot Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme has also been launched today between the UK’s IPO and the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China.
The trial allows applicants who have been successful in obtaining a patent at one office to request accelerated processing of a corresponding application at the other.
The second office can make use of the work undertaken by the first office to process the application quickly.