UK Design Patent Fees and FAQ

UK Design Patent Fees
- Clear & Fixed -

UK design patent application for one product
- EUR 56 -

Fixed fee, all inclusive online filing of a UK design patent

(GBP 50). No hidden fees for publication.

UK design application up to ten products
- EUR 80 -

This is not an additional fee but the overall total price of the application and registration.

 

UK design registration beyond ten products
- EUR 101 -

For more than teen design, up to twenty, the UKIPO charges GBP 90.

UK design renewal 1
- EUR 78 -

This covers the second 5 year period, i.e. the firtst renewal period.

UK design renewal 2
- EUR 101 -

This covers the second renewal period.

UK design renewal 3
- EUR 123 -

This covers the third renewal period.

UK design renewal 4
- EUR 157 -

This covers the last  renewal period.

Additonal UK Design Patent Services

Application for the declaration of invalidity of UK design patents
We assist you with defense or offense. This action serves to attack design patent registrations of your competitors. We can either represent the offense or the defense. You can find some additional information at the site of the UKIPO here.
UKIPO refusals

We can assist you to overcome an ex officio refusal of the UK IP Office. UKIPO refusals of UK design patents are mostly formal. The formalities of a design patents must be observed with scrutiny. However, there is a way to “repair” filings. And the UKIPO is quite generous with deadlines.

 

Assignment of UK design patent

We take over the burden of these very bureaucratic steps from you. Please contact us preferably in advance of the planned IP transfer, so we can provide you with an assignment form in a timely manner.

Change of name or address

We make it easier for you, there is no need to edit documents.

Taking over representation
of UK designs

Even after application, per design

FAQ

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED?

To file a UK design patent application we do not need a Power of Attorney. However, we need the full name, address, postal code of the applicant. We also need the general name / type of the product.

HOW MANY PICTURES DO I NEED?

The best way to present a UK design patent is to have a picture or drawing from all sides plus one from perspective. This means, generally we use seven pictures or drawing. The maximum is however ten pictures / drawings.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST PITFALL FOR UK design PATENTs?

The biggest pitfall of them all is lack of novelty. If your competitor or yourself or your manufacturer or your distributor already sell the product. In other words, if you seek UK design registration after the product hit the market.  In this case the design patent may not be new at the time of application. Later, this could lead to the cancellation of the design patent. It is important to tell us about this, as it is an important aspect. Please also mention foreign design patent applications, because they need to be coordinated.

HOW LONG IS A UK DESIGN PATENT PROTECTED?

The protection lasts five years and can be renewed four times additionally. We would gladly assist you in the renewal of your design patent. If you want to renew a UK design patent, you should consult us in due course. It only makes sense to renew a design if there is a commercial purpose of it. The renewal process is fairly simple, however, close attention must be paid about deadlines and typos.

 

ARE THE ABOVE FEES FOR UK DESIGN PATENTS TAXED?

Of course. The prices are excl. VAT. However, official fees of the UK are exempt VAT anyways. And there is no VAT if you come from outside of the EU. For EU clients we can normally use reverse charge VAT. So you do not have to pay our VAT. We check the prerequisites of applying the reverse charge mechanism each time in advance. Consequently, our electronic invoices contain the right amount of VAT which is zero in 99% of the cases.

Please note however that no fees are paid back by the UKIPO in case of an unsuccessful application. This is generally the case with all patent offices around the world.

ARE THESE DESIGN FEES FAIR?

As far as we know, the prices for UK design patents are really low. This kind of IP right can be turned into a great money maker. Therefore the initial investment is justified. Also generally, it is a good strategy to invest in intellectual property. Moreover, the cost of a UK design  patent is much lower than the cost of a European design patent (RCD). Hence, if you have business in the UK, for example if you need an amazon brand registry, then a UK registration may be sufficient. On the other side, if you have business in EU Member States, you should consider filling an EU design patent

CAN YOU GIVE SOME EXAMPLES FOR A DESIGN PATENT WITH DRAWINGS?

The UKIPO has followed the Common Communication on graphic representation of designs up until BREXIT and has not deviated from it since them. This is summarized as follows: “Show the design from certain directions (angles) and encompass the following views: front view, top view, bottom view, right side view, left side view, back view and perspective views. The applicant is recommended to file as many views as necessary to fully disclose the features of the design. In some cases one view can be sufficient.” See below examples of registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001.
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 1
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 3
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 4
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 5
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 6
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 7
Registered design patent RCD No. 007958285-0001, view 8

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