The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) announced this morning (18/06) that it will beÂ providing a new free patents publication service on its website, allowing users to view andÂ download patents on the day of their publication.
It will also allow users to view and download all patents published from 1st January 2007.Â
The European Patent Office (EPO) already has such a service and the aim of todayÂs announcement isÂ to bring the UK system in-line with this. In fact the UK system uses the same technology as thatÂ of the EPO and allows access to UK patents, those of over 20 European patent offices and the WorldÂ Intellectual Property Office.
According to the Director of Patents Sean Dennehey: ÂThis new service responds to an increasing wish amongst users to access patent information online and keeps the UK-IPO at the forefront of the way Intellectual Property business is conducted in the UK,Â