Gateway to Patents

  1. The portal allows those with inventions they wish to protect and commercialise to submit an application for fund raising.

  2. The below diagram provides an overview of our patent funding process.

  3. Please submit questions via email to

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  • Your application for fund raising will be held in confidence.

  • Your description of the invention will be reviewed by a patent attorney and your business plan will be assessed by a business advisor.

  • If your application passes this initial approval stage then we will commission a 3rd party patentability search for which we ask you to pay £500 (which is refundable in the event of a successful fund raise). The search will be reviewed by a patent attorney who is familiar with the technology and who will provide an opinion on whether the invention could be patented. Assuming a favourable opinion, we ask the patent attorney to quote for their services and all official fees for the duration of the project. This quote plus our fees and your £500 forms the basis of the amount to be funded.

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