Intellectual property protection in the United Kingdom

Intellectual Property in the United Kingdom

1. 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, Germany, Denmark, Norway 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.

International Country Code: GB

Time Zone: UTC +0

Currency: British pound (GBP)

Brief information about Patent registration in the UK (non-PCT)

Brief information about Patent registration in the UK (PCT national phase)

Brief information about Trademark registration in the UK

Brief information about Industrial Design registration in the UK

2. 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

3. International organizations/agreements 

Singapore Treaty on the L aw 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 

4. 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

5. 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 13/09/2017
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with the UK IP Laws

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