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UK Intellectual Property Office or The Patent Office - Government Department


UK Intellectual Property Office or The Patent Office - responsible for Intellectual Property


About UK Intellectual Property Office or the Patent Office

Please note: The Patent Office is now the UK Intellectual Property Office

The UK Intellectual Property Office are the official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom. These rights include:

  • Patents
  • Designs
  • Trade marks
  • Copyright

They are an Executive Agency of the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). As part of the DIUS, they are responsible for the role of IP rights in supporting innovation.

Their Corporate Plan sets out what they plan to do in the coming year and their Annual Report lets you know what they have done in the past year.

As an Executive Agency of the DIUS they are directed and controlled by corporate governance rules to ensure that they , supply public services of the highest quality, share good ideas, control costs and above all deliver what they are supposed to.

To ensure that they act within these rules Ministers appoint independent members to sit on a Steering Board. This Steering Board has no executive functions; its role is to advise Ministers, through their Director General, on the strategies that they must adopt.

The Steering Board has established an Audit Committee to assist and advise it on risk, control, governance and associated issues. The Committee acts in a non-executive capacity.