Links

www.patent.gov.uk - website of the UK Patent Office. This is a very good website, full of information for people who want to know about patents and other forms of intellectual property such as trade marks and designs. The Patent Office will also send out information packs to those that request them.

www.cipa.org.uk - this is the website of the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents, the professional body for patent agents in the United Kingdom. Has some general information and also a list of professional practitioners in the UK.

www.epo.org - the website of the European Patent Office, the body that grants European patents. This website provides a wealth of information, but it is aimed more at IP professionals than non-specialists.

gb.espacenet.com - this is the English language interface to a very large database of patent documents. It is possible to search this database using keywords and other criteria. Espacenet is a useful resource.