Intellectual property – guidance

Patent fact sheets

Use these fact sheets to assist you with your patent application.



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.