United Kingdom

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Intellectual property protection in the United Kingdom

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The United Kingdom general info

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) and Britain, is a sovereign state lying off the North-Western coast of continental Europe. It shares maritime borders with the Netherlands, France, Belgium, GermanyDenmarkNorway and Ireland. The country includes the island of Great Britain, the North-Eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands.
The UK's form of government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system, and its capital city is London. It consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The latter three have devolved administrations, each with varying powers, based in their capital cities, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast respectively.


IP Legal Base in the United Kingdom

The Patents Act
Trade Marks Act
The registered Designs Act
Copyright, Designs and Patents Act
Plant Varieties and Seeds Act


International organizations/agreements

Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Patent Law Treaty
Trademark Law Treaty
Patent Cooperation Treaty
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property


Patent Office Contact Details

Intellectual Property Office
Concept House, Cardiff Road
Newport, South Wales
NP10 8QQ
Phone: +44 (0)1633 814000
Fax: +44 (0)1633 817777
Email: information@ipo.gov.uk


IP registration costs

Fees associated with registration of IP rights in the United Kingdom are available in the fee calculator.


The above information was verified on 11.03.2024
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with the UK IP Laws