Patents: Code of Practice

This Code of Practice is written for patent applicants and agents to identify best practices in UK patent application process.



The Code of Practice for Applicants and Agents aims to make the patent application process more efficient by encouraging applicants and agents to follow best practice. Although adherence to the Code of Practice is not mandatory, following the points set out in the Code can result in an application being processed more quickly.

Published 3 July 2014
Last updated 1 July 2022 + show all updates
  1. Filing PCT applications electronically updated.

  2. Replacement document added.

  3. First published.