Intellectual property – guidance

Protecting your UK intellectual property abroad

To protect your intellectual property outside of the UK, you usually need to apply in each country you want protection in.

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Intellectual property (IP) rights are territorial. They only give protection in the countries where they are granted or registered.

This means that if you only have UK protection, others may be allowed to use your IP abroad without infringing your rights.

The above guides contain information on Community Trade Mark, Patent Cooperation Treaty, European patent application, Registered Community Design.

If you are thinking about trading abroad then you should consider registering your IP rights abroad.

Some countries may allow you to extend your United Kingdom (UK) protection, and accept it as protected in that country after completing certain local formalities.

The World Intellectual Property Office provides a list of all national IP offices.