Can a patent be restored after renewal payments are missed?

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Please be reassured that Franks & Co Limited have taken contingency measures to ensure that the firm will continue to operate without any disruption in our services in view of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Our attorneys and support staff are equipped to work remotely to handle matters reliably and with our usually precision and efficacy. All remote working will be conducted via virtual private networking to maintain client’s data security and confidentiality. Our normal operating hours will continue.

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To maintain UK patents after grant, payment of an annual renewal fee to the patent office is required. If these payments are missed, then the rights embodied in the patent are lost.

United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office

Where a patent has ceased to have effect due to non-payment of an annual renewal fee, restoration can be applied for under section 28 of the UK Patents Acts.

For more information about how a patent can be restored once it has lapsed, please download our white paper using the link below, or contact us to speak with one of our Chartered and European patent attorneys.