Use this service to apply for a UK patent through the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Patents are expensive and difficult to get. Read the guide to patenting your invention if you’ve not applied before.
Read the guide to patenting your invention for details of:
- supporting documents you must prepare - the PDFs you upload for your application must not be more than 20MB in total
- search and examination requests - if you choose to include them now
You can wait until after you apply to request and pay for your search and examination. You can also wait to pay the application fee but it costs more.
About this service
You’ll need an email address to apply online.
Sometimes the service is unavailable between 1am and 3am (UK time).
You cannot use this service if your invention is military technology or could harm national security.
Apply for a UK patent by completing a request for a grant of a patent and sending it by post.
Send forms and supporting documents to:
Intellectual Property Office