Date: 1 December 2015
Sometimes the local patent is called a confirmation patent or a patent of importation. The procedure provides Applicants with simple and cost-effective protection for their patent rights in jurisdictions which they might not otherwise necessarily consider including in their patent portfolios.
In general, a registration of UK national patent worldwide has to be applied for within 3 years from the date of grant of the UK patent, but there are some exceptions and we urge you to enquire with us if this may be important to you.
[As an alternative to registration of a foreign patent, some countries have independent patent systems with a mere "local novelty" requirement for patentability, although these are becoming less and less important as the information revolution conveys knowledge around the world. In such countries a local national patent application may be available if the invention still has local novelty. If this is of interest, it is important to act quickly - without waiting for the UK patent to proceed to grant - or local novelty may be destroyed by others out of your control.]
|UK or EP (UK)||Any foreign patent|
|Caribbean||• Cayman Islands
• Leeward Islands
• British Virgin Islands
• St Lucia (UK patent only)
• Turks and Caicos Islands (5 years)
|Asia-Pacific||• Brunei Darussalam (can also register patent of Malaya or Singapore)
• Hong Kong
• Nauru (can also register Australian or US patent)
• Solomon Islands
|Africa/Indian Ocean/Middle East||• Seychelles
• Sierra Leone
• Zanzibar (UK patent only)
• Democratic Republic of the Congo
• St Helena
Updated December 2015.