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Why might you need permission to file abroad.

Written by Jane Coyle on 22 June 2009

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You can apply for a patent abroad, but if you are a United Kingdom (UK) resident and your application contains information about military technology or could harm national security section 23 of the Patents Act requires that you comply with the following:

apply first for the patent in the UK. You can apply abroad 6 weeks after your UK application date, as long as the UK IPO has decided that you cannot publish or communicate your application get permission from the UK IPO before applying.

If you think you need permission to file abroad you should either contact the UK IPO or seek specialist legal advice.

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