Written Question on UK Intellectual Property Office: Standards

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Date Title Questioner
10 Jul 2018, 2:11 p.m. UK Intellectual Property Office: Standards David Hanson

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the average length of time was for an application for a patent submitted to the Intellectual Property Office to be (a) granted and (b) dismissed in each year since 2010.

Answer (Mr Sam Gyimah)

(a) For patents granted in the years 2010-2018, the average time from filing of the patent application to grant was:-

Grant Year

Days to Grant

Approx Months to Grant

2010

1071

35

2011

1077

35

2012

1015

33

2013

923

30

2014

954

31

2015

1038

34

2016

1120

37

2017

1186

39

2018

1241

41

(b) Few unsuccessful patent applications are formally dismissed, with most simply expiring through failure to comply with the Patents Act within a prescribed period. Measurement of this time period does not, therefore provide a meaningful metric.


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