New Digital Patents service

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) will be launching a new digital patents service soon.

The timeline is:

 September 2023  New patents search service.
 Spring 2024  Launch of “One IPO”
 Winter 2025  Further enhancements to One IPO.

The big event is the launch of One IPO which will allow patents applications to be made online. A pilot will be available later this year and patents customers can join the pilot using this link:

[email protected]

A webinar on how applying for patents will change is being held on 7 June 2023.

You can join using this link:

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has launched a new digital patent service aimed at modernizing and streamlining the patent application process. This service is designed to offer a more user-friendly, efficient, and accessible platform for individuals and businesses seeking patent protection.

Key features of the new digital patent service include:
  1. Online Applications: Applicants can now submit patent applications entirely online. This includes the ability to upload necessary documents, drawings, and descriptions directly through the platform, simplifying the submission process.
  2. Real-Time Tracking: The service allows users to track the status of their patent applications in real-time. This transparency helps applicants stay informed about the progress of their applications, from submission to approval.
  3. Enhanced Communication: The digital platform facilitates better communication between applicants and IPO examiners. Users can receive notifications, respond to queries, and submit additional information directly through the system, ensuring a smoother and quicker resolution of any issues.
  4. Secure Access: The service ensures the security of sensitive information through robust encryption and secure login procedures. This protection of intellectual property is paramount to maintain confidentiality throughout the application process.
  5. Cost Efficiency: By reducing the need for paper-based submissions and physical meetings, the digital patent service can lower costs for both applicants and the IPO. This efficiency can also lead to faster processing times, benefiting inventors and businesses.
  6. User Support: The IPO provides comprehensive support for users navigating the new system, including online resources, tutorials, and a helpdesk to assist with any technical or procedural questions.

The introduction of the digital patent service represents a significant advancement in the UK’s intellectual property infrastructure, making the process of securing patents more accessible and efficient for innovators nationwide.