What is a patent?

Client Testimonial
“We at SIG Plc have worked with Martin [Neilson] for many years and value his professional approach and the contribution he makes to our business. UDL’s services are important to ensure we stay ahead of the competition and protect our IP.”

Business Development Manager, New Building Technologies, SIG Performance Technology

Innovation is key to commercial success and enables companies to stay one step ahead of the competition. However, research and development can be a costly and time-consuming process, and it can count for nothing if a competitor is able to exploit the invention once it’s released. A patent helps secure this investment by providing legal protection for technical ideas.

A patent protects the inventive concept behind a product. It may cover a new product, method or process, or a new use for a product. The invention need not be groundbreaking, and many patents cover very narrow technical advances — but it must be new, useful and inventive at the time the patent is filed.

It’s important to keep your invention confidential before applying for a patent. Once approved, a patent provides a monopoly, enabling the owner to prevent others from using the invention for a period of up to 20 years. The patent holder is therefore able to maximise the commercial advantage of the invention by preventing others from using the invention without their permission.

How we can help

We can advise you on whether your invention is suitable for patent protection. We’ll work with you to understand how you need the patent to benefit your business, as well as the best strategy to protect your invention. We believe that our ability to build strong and lasting relationships, and our commitment to understanding your business, is key to obtaining patent rights that are both robust and commercially relevant. By establishing partnerships, in which attorneys and inventors work closely together, we’re able to guide and support you through the patent process more effectively.

Key people

Meet some of our patents team.

Cardiff

Leeds

Cardiff

Leeds

Newcastle

Cardiff

London

Mark Green

Partner

Leeds

Newcastle

Cardiff

Leeds

Robert Orr

Partner

London

Milton Keynes

Cardiff

Tom Baker

Partner

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