Patents protect the features and process that make things work. A patent can only be granted for something that is new and inventive. A patent has to be renewed every year but can last for up to 20 years.
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The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched its 'One IPO' Transformation - a five-year programme to transform Intellectual Property (IP) services and enhance the value IPO adds to the UK economy. Debbie Cooke, Head of IPO’s Business Change Team, outlines how developing a world leading IP system can make the UK a more attractive place to invest and drive economic growth.
Most science-minded 16-21 years olds want to train as a vet, a doctor, a dentist or a teacher - job titles they are most likely to recognise through encountering them in everyday life. Hear how skills needed for these highly visible scientific professions have paved the way for some of IPO's Patent Examiners to achieve the roles they're in today.
On International Women’s Day, we talk to Hazel Thorpe, Senior Patent Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office and Wales STEM Woman of the Year, about redressing the gender balance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Since publishing to our website, our patents, trade marks and designs timelines have become a useful resource for both our customers and staff. Find out how they were developed using valuable customer feedback.