Patent fact sheets

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


Patent grant timeline

Patent fact sheet: description

Patent fact sheet: drawings

Patent fact sheet: claims

Patent fact sheet: abstract

Patent fact sheet: search report

Patent fact sheet: publication

Patent fact sheet: filing abroad


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.

Published 21 July 2014
Last updated 21 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Patents grant timeline has been rebranded.
  2. Patent grant timeline fact sheet updated.
  3. Patent grant timeline fact sheet, Description fact sheet and Claims fact sheet updated.
  4. Accelerated processing and filing abroad pdfs uploaded. New versions of publication, abstract, claims, description, search report uploaded.
  5. Patents grant timeline added.
  6. First published.