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Patents

New Discounted Fees for European Patents

Fees for European patent applications are changing from 1 April 2024. These include reductions for small companies and even the abolition of some fees. Internal renewal fees are rising by less than the rate of inflation resulting in a decrease since 2016 in absolute terms.​

European patent fees

Are Dead Patents Free to Use?

A granted patent will always lapse or expire eventually, normally by 20 years from the date it was originally filed, and plenty of patents permanently lapse earlier than that for a variety of reasons. With that in mind, you might rightly wonder: is it safe to copy the invention that was in the patent? The answer is not as straightforward you might think.

Are dead patents free to use

Do aircraft parts need to be patented abroad?

If you are a designer of a new aircraft part, and have filed a UK patent application to protect the part domestically, you may wonder if you need to file foreign patent applications to protect the invention abroad. Patents are territorial. A UK patent to an aircraft part could be used to stop someone, amongst some other acts, making, selling, or using that part in the UK.

Do aircraft parts need to be patented abroad?

Can you patent Software?

It sounds like a simple enough question, but the answer is that 'it depends!' UK and European law has excluded from patent protection ‘a program for a computer as such’ since 1977, but the scope of that exclusion has been hotly contested for just about as long.

Can you patent software?