Monthly Archives: July 2014

Guidance: Trade mark forms and fees

Updated: TM3 form updated.

Use this guide to find details of all our trade marks forms, cost for both online and paper transactions and when they were last updated.

Fee sheets

A fee sheet must be filed with all fee bearing forms.

How to pay us

Information on how to pay by card, cheque, bank transfer or deposit account is available in a supporting detailed guide.

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Guidance: Patent forms and fees

Updated: Forms 28 and 30 updated.

Use this guide to find details of all our patent forms, cost for both online and paper transactions and when they were last updated.

Fee sheets

A fee sheet must be filed with all fee bearing forms.

PCT fees

Information on the new PCT fees are also available.

How to pay us

Information on how to pay by card, cheque, bank transfer or deposit account is available in a supporting detailed guide.

Source: UK IPO News

Guidance: Design forms and fees

Updated: Updated in light of 1 October 2016 fee changes.

Use this guide to find details of all our design forms, cost for paper filed designs transactions and when they were last updated.

Fee sheets

A fee sheet must be filed with all fee bearing forms.

How to pay us

Information on how to pay by card, cheque, bank transfer or deposit account is available in a supporting detailed guide.

Source: UK IPO News

Guidance: Patent fact sheets

Updated: Patents grant timeline added.

An application for a patent should include a full description of your invention (including any drawings), a set of claims defining your invention, a short abstract summarising the technical features of your invention and a filled in form 1.

Once you’ve applied, you must ask us to search your patent application to find out if your invention is new. Once the search process has finished there will be a first publication of your patent application.

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Guidance: Patents Litigation manual

Updated: Changes to the manual published due to legislation changes – June 2016.

The manual includes detailed desk instructions on the practices and procedures for formal examination and processing of statements and evidence filed in inter partes proceedings before the Comptroller and in the formal processing of ex parte proceedings.

We update the manual regularly to include changes in practice and procedure. Changes are indicated by a line in the margin, and there is a schedule of the latest changes in the Introduction.

Some of the guidance contained in the October 2007 manual may still apply in certain circumstances and is available in the Litigation manual archive.

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Transparency data: IPO customer service standards

Updated: Figures for April and May 2016 added.

We review these standards regularly to try to improve them.

We will:

  • respond to over 80% of general e-mail enquiries, letters and faxes to our Information Centre within 1 working day and over 95% within 5 working days
  • answer 80% of telephone calls to our Information Centre within 20 seconds

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Guidance: Patents Formalities manual

Updated: Formalities Manual (online version) added.

This manual provides detailed guidance practice and procedures we follow in formalities examination of patent applications under the Patents Act 1977 and associated rules. It covers UK patent applications and the national phase of Patent Co-operation Treaty applications.

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Guidance: Retention and disposal policy for patent and trade mark related records

Updated: Updated policy added.

Background

The Intellectual Property Office has a routine policy in line with the Public Records Act 1958 (as amended) for the disposal of all documents in paper and electronic format where they are not retained by the National Archives.

In addition, the office has routinely disposed of paper patent documents according to an approved Disposal Schedule since 26 June 2006.

Standards for the document retention and disposal policy

With purely electronic processing of patent applications the accuracy and quality of electronic images is of prime importance.

BS10008 is the British Standard which governs the admissibility of electronic documents in legal proceedings.

Compliance with this standard will also mean conformance to ISO 15801, an International Standard governing the trustworthiness and reliability of electronic information.

Timescale of retention of scanned paper documents

All scanned paper documents will be retained for 7 years from the date of scanning before being shredded.

Any documents relating to matters dealt with by Litigation Section, applications for SPCs and patent applications under the PCT will be retained for 10 years from the date of scanning.

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Guidance: Patents: Manual of Patent Practice

Updated: New PDF version updated 1 July 2016 and a new online version.

Online version

An online version of the Manual of Patent Practice is now available.

Details of recent changes

Details of recent changes to the manual are available.

PDF version

The Manual recites sections of the Patents Act 1977 and sections of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 relating to patents. Each provision includes commentary with related legislation in the margin. Further parts of the Manual show official notices and directions from the Patents and Designs Journal. There is also a section on Supplementary Protection Certificates for Medicinal Products and Plant Protection Products.

We update the Manual regularly to reflect recent developments such as changes in the law and judicial decisions. The most recent update occurred on 1 July 2016 when substantive changes were made to Sections 1, 3, 4A, 17, 18, 73 and 117B.

Any new text in the new version is highlighted in red. A sidebar marks any paragraphs which have changed since the April 2016 version; all previous sidebars have been removed. The footer of each page includes an indication of the date of the latest update to that section of the Manual.

Please note that statements made in the Manual are not in themselves an authority for any action by the Intellectual Property Office and should not be used as a set of legal requirements. If you wish to point out an error in the Manual, you can contact the editor by emailing mppeditor@ipo.gov.uk.

Source: UK IPO News