Find out how to protect your ideas


You have got a great business idea and you want to know how to protect it.

The type of protection you can get depends on:

  • what your idea is
  • what you want to do with it
  • what level of protection you think you're going to need

This tool will help you find out what kind of protection you may be able to get for your idea and what you'll need to do to get it.

Go straight to the first question.

Note: Intellectual property (IP) law is a complex area. This tool can give you information about the types of protection available, but there may be strategic and financial reasons why applying for IP rights may not be commercially advantageous. You should consider seeking professional advice, for instance from a patent attorney or trade mark attorney, before deciding how to proceed.

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Intellectual Property Office Information Centre

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