Patent Translation & Filing Requirements in United Kingdom

Languages Allowable language(s) for specification upon filing to obtain filing date Any
Language(s) of translation (language(s) of procedure) English
PCT National/regional phase possible Yes
Time limit for entering national/regional phase 31 months from filing/priority date (extendible by 2 months on payment of a fee)
Time limit for filing translation 31 months from filing/priority date (extendible by 2 months on payment of a fee)
Paris Convention / Direct Time limit for filing translation 12 months from priority date or 2 months from filing date, whichever expires later
Certification needed for translation No
Certified copy of priority application required Yes, 16 months from priority date (extendible by 2 months on payment of a fee)
Translation of priority application required No, only upon request
Certification needed for translation of priority application No
EP Required translations No

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