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Robert Baker
11:20 16 Apr 24
Great support from Will and the team getting my patent application to... first more
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Kieran Thomas
22:22 07 Mar 24
Robert and the team have been great to work with and we've just... successfully secured our first patent. Whenever we needed any advice or had any questions, Robert and the team were more than happy to help, and any answers were always communicated in a way which was easy to understand. Thank you all for helping us secure our first patent!read more
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Christian Janke
20:20 14 Dec 23
I recently had the pleasure of working with Joel Weston on what initially... seemed like a minor IPO issue, but it evolved into a comprehensive co-existence agreement with another company. I can’t express enough how much I valued Joel’s expertise, depth of knowledge, and meticulous guidance throughout this process. It was more than just legal advice; for me, it was akin to an enlightening crash course in IP law!read more
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Patents are granted on a country-by-country basis. Patent validation is the final step in the grant procedure of a European patent. After a patent has been prosecuted and granted before the European Patent Office, the patent must then meet final national requirements in order to be effective in that country. This may include, for example, appointing a local patent attorney and/or providing a professional translation into an official language of the country. The requirements for validation depend on the country in which patent protection is being sought. European patent validation costs generally vary from between £600 to around £1600 (occasionally more) per country on a case by case basis and dependent on the country or countries of interest. Albright IP can provide very cost-effective patent validation for your European patent, so please do contact us for a free no-obligation discussion and quote.


The validity of a patent is when the novelty and inventive step of the invention is brought into question. Pre-grant in the UK, a 3rd party may question the validity of a published patent application by submitting Observations to UK IPO for example based on when the invention was publicly disclosed before the filing date. Post-grant, the validity can be put at issue in a number of situations, for example during revocation proceedings.