Great Britain. The birthplace of my husband and his family. It’s one of my favorite places to visit as it has cultural similarities to my home state of Wisconsin. Love of beer, love of cheese, love of fish and chips (okay, Wisconsinites call it a fish fry). Moreover, this former Wisconsinite loves the Great Britain patent office website for its ease of searching (and because my husband said I should love all things GB). So, let’s see what the Great Britain patent office website has to offer.
If you are looking to search for a direct filing Great Britain matter, this link takes you to the patent search screen. This screen is straightforward and includes basic criteria options. You can search by publication or application number. What I truly appreciate about this search screen is the Help section. This provides tips on how to format the publication or application numbers. Just know, if you want to look at an EP validated case, “EP” needs to be placed in front of the number to indicate the application type. Once you’ve typed in your criteria, click Go, and the patent profile results will display.
Note whether you are navigating to the website from the European patent office (see my European article) or searching for a direct Great Britain patent, the patent profile has the same layout. The default patent profile displays the case details. Don’t forget to watch the date format! The Great Britain patent office makes it extremely easy to identify dates by starting with the day, spelling the month and ending with the four-digit year. I appreciate this format as it removes any ambiguity. However, you cannot copy and paste into another document if you prefer a different date format. Returning back to the patent profile, this page includes the basic bibliographic information such as:
- application number
- publication number
- filing date
- publication date
- grant dates (grant of patent and publication of grant in the journal)
- next renewal date (my favorite!)
- titles (application and grant)
I like the simplicity of their site as they present you with just the main bibliographic information. Another bonus is not having to scroll to see all the information. Instead, they provide a navigation section “Select Case View” where you can select the additional information for which you are interested.
For instance, the “Documents” link takes you to all the filing and examination documents. From here you can select as many files as you would like to download or view. This is perfect for when that transferred-in case has no documentation showing where examination has left off. There are other links on Forms Filed, Case Notes, Classifications, Citations, and Field of Search that may be helpful depending on your circumstance.
Now you know my tips and tricks for navigating the Great Britain patent office website! I’m sure there are more. If you know of one I didn’t mention, please let us know or post on our LinkedIn page. If you found this valuable, we have some upcoming webinars that will cover the subject of patenting in different countries around the world. Black Hills IP hopes this content becomes a continuous flow of information that the IP community can rely and act on. We are the leaders in smarter IP data docketing.