Use this service to apply for a UK patent through the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

You can’t use this service if your invention is military technology or could harm national security.

Start now on the Intellectual Property Office service

Use European Patent Office online services instead if you register EU patents frequently (including in the UK) - you’ll need an IPO deposit account.

Read the guidance on getting a patent for details of:

Upload PDFs of your supporting documents with your application - the whole application size mustn’t be more than 20MB.

You’ll need an email address to use this service.


You get a discount if you pay online with a credit or debit card, or have an IPO account.

Apply by post if you want to pay by cheque, cash or bank transfer.

Stage Apply online Apply by post
Application fee £20 £30
Search £130 £150
Examination £80 £100
Total £230 £280

You don’t have to pay all the fees right away. You can pay the application fee and request and pay for your search and examination after you apply.

The service might not be available from 1am to 3am (UK time).

By post or fax

Apply for a UK patent by completing an application form and sending it by post or fax.

You can send your supporting documents and request your search and examination with your application, or up to 12 months later.

Send all forms and a fee payment form for the correct total to:

Intellectual Property Office
Concept House
Cardiff Road
South Wales
NP10 8QQ
United Kingdom

Intellectual Property Office
Fax: 01633 817 777