Your patent in 90 days?

If you've ever applied for a patent, or if you've ever had the intention to do so, then you will know that it may take a very long time. For a patent application filed in Belgium, for example, it takes some 18 months before the patent is granted. Automatically, it will take longer to enjoy a tax reduction form patent revenues. At the same time, a rapidly granted patent will help preventing infringements.

In the United Kingdom the idea is launched to create a rapid patent procedure. At present they are thinking of granting patents in a period of 90 days to 1 year. The UK is now asking companies to communicate their ideas on how this should take place. The enquiry ends on June 12th.

If you have an idea on this topic, you are welcome to post it on the Intellectual Property Office website.