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|10 Jul 2018, 2:11 p.m.||UK Intellectual Property Office: Standards||David Hanson|
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:-
(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.